Bennett, Robert Russell. (1894–1981)
Signed doubleweight photograph of the most important orchestrator in Broadway history, who has inscribed "with lots of good wishes to George Gaber/ Robert Russell Bennett." Slight rippling to left edge, else fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).
Robert Russell Bennett, best-known for his orchestrations of Broadway classics such as Showboat, Oklahoma, Girl Crazy, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun and South Pacific, was also a prolific composer of orchestral and concert band works, many on American themes.
From the collection of George Gaber (1916–2007), noted percussionist who performed with a number of professional ensembles, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony and worked with Leonard Bernstein, Otto Klemperer, Igor Stravinsky, Henry Mancini, Duke Ellington and many others over the span of his career. From 1960 to 1986 taught percussion at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and was also an artist in residence at Carnegie Mellon University, an adjudicator for National Music Arts in Japan and the Canadian Music Competition, and a Hall of Fame recipient in Percussion Arts Society.