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date: 15 November 2019

Jordan, Juleslocked

  • Scott Alan Southard

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(b Willimantic, CT, Nov 10, 1850; d, Providence, RI, March 5, 1927). American conductor, composer, teacher, and tenor. Jordan moved to Providence in 1870 to work as a telegraph operator. Intending to study cornet, he instead became a chorister at Grace Church, where he would later direct the choir. Jordan studied voice with George Osgood; he later studied with William Shakespeare in London and Giovanni Sbriglia in Paris. For the first American performance of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust (New York, 14 February 1880), Jordan sang the title role (in English) under Leopold Damrosch. From 1881 to 1921, he conducted the Arion Club, a Providence singing society that presented oratorios and operas (in concert), for which famous singers (e.g., Nellie Melba, Lillian Nordica, Italo Campanini) were engaged. Brown University awarded Jordan a DMus honoris causa in 1895.

Known for his songs and choral music, Jordan also wrote for the stage, producing two school operettas, several one-act operas and operettas, music for vaudeville sketches, and two full-length operas: ...

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