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Guide To The Doug Russell Collection of Ambassador Recitals ARS.0054
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Sponsor
  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Doug Russell Collection of Ambassador Recitals
    Dates: 1992-1996
    Collection number: ARS.0054
    Creator: KUSC (Radio station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Collection size: 3 boxes Sixty-three 10" open reel tapes ; one DAT
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: The Doug Russell Collection Of Ambassador Recitals consists of recordings from the the public radio program "In Recital at Ambassador," produced by KUSC in Los Angeles. The program featured live performances of principally classical music from the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Calfornia.
    Language of Material: English


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Doug Russell Collection of Ambassador Recitals, ARS-0054. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


    The Doug Russell Collection is named for B. Douglas Russell, director of marketing, publicity and promotion at the Ambassador Auditorium from 1990 to 1995, and acting director of Ambassador Performing Arts as the concert series unexpectedly concluded (the last concert occurred in May 1995).

    Scope and Contents

    The Doug Russell Collection of Ambassador Recitals consists of recordings from a series of 41 concerts at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California, selected from the series produced by the Ambassador Foundation. The tapes were produced by radio station KUSC in Los Angeles and edited for broadcast over the Public Radio International network as "In Recital at Ambassador," a program hosted by Beverly Sills. The performances were taped during the 1991-2, 1992-3, and 1994-5 seasons, and were broadcast from 1993 to 1995. Additionally, broadcast tapes of the 1993 Ivo Pogorelich International Solo Piano Competition Awards and unedited tapes of recitals by Jean-Bernard Pommier and Yevginy Mogilevsky were included with the donation. The 63 tapes contain performances of largely classical music, with some jazz and popular music. Performing artists include the Tallis Scholars, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Dave Brubeck, the Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, James Galway, the Juilliard String Quartet, the King's Singers, and George Shearing. All tapes are broadcast-ready programs and contain splices between narration, selection, and station breaks. A comprehensive listing of the collection contents, including all works performed, is available.


    Three record storage boxes containing twenty-one 10" open reel tapes each. Box 2 also contains a DAT tape. The tapes are roughly in chronological order. Most tapes are labeled with a number beginning with a "9" ; these are the IDs assigned to programs by KUSC. The first two numbers indicate the date of broadcast. Many programs are two reels long. They are labeled /1 and /2. A full list of contents is enclosed in Box 1.

    Related Collections

    The Archive Of Recorded Sound also holds the Ambassador Auditorium Collection (ARS-0043).

    Indexing Terms

    Ambassador Hall (Pasadena, Calif.). -- Archives
    Russell, Douglas
    Live sound recordings
    Radio programs