Ambassador Auditorium Collection
- Physical description
- 682.05 linear feet (636 containers).
- Ambassador Hall (Pasadena, Calif.) Associated name
- Ambassador International Cultural Foundation. Associated name
- Worldwide Church of God Associated name
- Ivo Pogorelich International Solo Piano Competition. Associated name
- Pasadena Jazz Festival. Associated name
- Finding aid
- Finding aid available online
- Organization & arrangement
- The collection is arranged in ten series according to the original order established by the Ambassador Auditorium personnel: (1) Administrative Files; (2) Concert Files; (3) Concert Management and Booking Files; (4) Concert Program Files; (5) Publicity and Advertising; (6) Marketing Files; (7) Broadcast Media Associate Files and Media Relations/In Recital Files; (8) Performance Files; (9) Miscellaneous Materials: Scrapbooks, Miscellaneous Signed Photographs, Artwork Assigned to Scrapbooks; (10) Concert Recordings. Sub-Series have been established for audio and video recordings. In general, the original order of materials has been maintained to provide a contextual relationship of individual items within each series and within the total collection. Although many of the files were originally organized either alphabetically or chronologically, there seem to be inconsistencies in the filing systems used by the Ambassador personnel. Filing procedures within a single office appeared to have changed over time, or in some cases it appears that different filing systems were used simultaneously. To a large degree, these variants in filing procedure have been maintained with occasional small adjustments made to group together certain related materials when it made sense to do so.
- The Ambassador Auditorium Collection consists of audio, video, and print materials documenting performances at the Ambassador Auditorium, ca. 1974-1995. Performers include Victor Borge, Bing Crosby, Placido Domingo, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Vladimir Horowitz, Herbert von Karajan, Leontyne Price, Artur Rubinstein, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, and Andre Watts. Materials related to the conception and construction of the auditorium are included.
- Earliest date
- Latest date
- Title Variation
- Ambassador Collection
- Ambassador Performing Arts Foundation Collection
- Ambassador Performing Arts Collection
- Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.
- Gift of the Ambassador Foundation, 2001.
- The Ambassador Auditorium is located on the grounds of Maranatha High School (formerly the campus of Ambassador College) in Pasadena, California. The Ambassador was built under the guidance of Herbert W. Armstrong as a facility for religious services of the Worldwide Church of God and also as a performing arts center. The architectural design of the building bears certain similarities to that of the Temple of ancient Israel. The first public concert at the Ambassador was presented by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini, on April 7, 1974. For the next twenty years the Ambassador hosted many of the world’s finest performing artists in many genres, and thus it was known as “The Carnegie Hall of the West.” Notable artists who performed at the Ambassador included Artur Rubinstein, Leontyne Price, Victor Borge, Peter Schickele as P.D.Q. Bach, Julian Bream, Andres Segovia, Barbara Cook, Juilliard String Quartet, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, the Chieftains, the Kingston Trio, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Marcel Marceau, Claire Bloom, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Modern Jazz Quartet, Oscar Peterson, Ravi Shankar, Mel Torme, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. During this period the Ambassador also hosted the inaugural Ivo Pogorelich International Solo Piano Competition as well as the Pasadena Jazz Festival. The interior design of the hall was noted for its exceptional elegance displaying Iranian onyx, African teak wood, gold overlay and wool carpets from India. Due to the relatively small seating capacity of the main hall with 1262 seats (compared with Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium which has 2804 seats), the Ambassador was particularly well suited to small ensembles and solo performances. In the mid 1990s the Worldwide Church of God, which operated the Ambassador Auditorium and Ambassador College, ceased its operations and sold the property. In 2004 a portion of the property, including the Ambassador Auditorium, was purchased by HRock Church of Pasadena.
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