In Memoriam

Recent Obituaries
In Memoriam Archive

Philip Hart ’37

Philip Hart ’37, July 16, 2000, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After graduating, Phillip spent a year at Reed as a graduate assistant in sociology before beginning a long career in music management. In 1939, he established the Record Shop in Portland, which later expanded from selling records to handling concert and theatrical presentations. He managed the Seattle Symphony in 1946–49 and the Portland Symphony in 1949–55, and he was also active on the board of the Junior Symphony. In 1947, he married Margaret Carman, and they had three children. They moved to Chicago in 1956, where he became assistant manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fritz Reiner. After five years, he joined the administrative staff of the Julliard School of Music in New York, where he served as concert manager and later became director of planning. His work there ranged from helping produce student productions and education programs in the high schools to managing the construction of a major new building at Lincoln Center. After the new building was completed, he devoted much of his time to writing, and he and his wife retired to Santa Fe in 1970. In retirement, he wrote and published three books: Orpheus in the New World (1974); Conductors, a New Generation (1979); and Fritz Reiner: A Biography (1994). He was active on the boards of the Santa Fe Opera, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the International Folk Art Foundation, and the Mexico Arts Commission. He is survived by four sons and several grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2001

comments powered by Disqus