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Thousands of Vancouverites are on hand in Stanley Park, as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates the official opening of the Marion Malkin Memorial Bowl with a two-hour programme of classical music.
“For the playing of the musicians in their new surroundings in the great outdoors, it is a pleasure to say that it was invested with real expressive spontaneity and earned tremendous enthusiasm,” reports the Vancouver Province. “As regards the acoustics of the Bowl, this writer found these eminently satisfying despite the views of others who no doubt overlooked the fact that many of the listeners were roaming all over the lot and giving little or no heed to the music. Perhaps the freer use of amplifyers [sic] at future concerts will help along the good work. These, of course, should not be necessary if folks would only listen attentively.”
The Bowl, originally constructed as a two-thirds replica of the Hollywood Bowl, was the result of repeated lobbying by VSO Conductor Allard de Ridder, intended to be used exclusively as a summer performance space for the Symphony. Starting in 1940, the venue will also be used to house Theatre Under the Stars.
“On the other hand,” writes The Province, “do not forget it is not an easy matter to stand during the progress of a two-hour programme, which again prompts us to suggest that some thoughtful soul will provide much desired seating arrangements at the Bowl in the not-far-distant future.”
IMAGE: Litter-filled lawn in front of the Malkin Bowl, circa 1942. Image Courtesy of the Vancouver Archives.