Crosby's Opera House: Symbol of Chicago's Cultural Awakening (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1999 - Music - 452 pages
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"In the context of Chicago's economic and cultural climate, social milieu, and the scramble for prominence and refinement among the newly rich, Eugene Cropsey presents a chronicle of the city's first great cultural awakening, with Crosby's Opera House as the central focus. It is also the story of Albert and Uranus Crosby, who migrated from Cape Cod to Chicago where, as successful entrepreneurs, they made their fortunes and later sacrificed it all in their efforts to bring a new musical and artistic enlightenment to their adpoted city. The Crosby's struggle to enhance the cultural climate out on the urban frontier of the 1860s was a turbulent one, brought to life in this book through a gallery of colorful characters, including many of Chicago's prominent citizens, as well as the numerous impresarios, artists, musicians, and other entertainers who visited or settled in Chicago."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Cropsey (Univ. of Tampa, retired) presents an intriguing study of a short-lived cultural institution in Chicago during the period from the U.S. Civil War to the devastating fire of October 1871. Using ... Read full review

Contents

Illustrations
11
A City of Promise
27
Uranus Harold Crosby ca 1852
28
we will show them a handsomer opera house
49
If Art hath ever found a grander home?
73
Crosbys Opera House
74
Rough Sledding
100
Just Another Swindle?
126
Three Cheers for the onelegged General
218
Bawds at the Opera HouseWheres the Police?
237
Gut the Opera House?
261
Georgia Garrison Crosby
277
A Fateful Decision
283
If Chicago had only seen it once
307
Epilogue
327
Uranus Harold Crosby ca 1885
344

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbors Opera House
149
Number OneOpera House
164
A New OwnerA New Beginning
185
Crosby s Opera House
186
Pasquale Brignoli
197
Prizes awarded by the Crosbys Opera House
346
Notes
402
Bibliography
430
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