With all the attention these days on orchestras needing to get out of their primary venue and into unconventional spaces it is easy to forget that this is not exactly a unique idea. In fact, it’s been around for a lot longer than most folks realize and a recent trip to a favorite historic stock photo site drove that point home in a way that only photographs can do.
Case in point, here are a couple of photos of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing at a factories. The photos cover the orchestra’s factory concerts from the 1930s through 1940s and I’ll save you the trouble of Googling it; yes, the group is still very much in action.
For reference, here’s a shot of the orchestra during a live broadcast performance from 1939.
As an aside, if you’re every looking for copyright free historic photos, New Old Stock is one of the absolute best resources around. It beats the stuffing out of most stock photo sites and you can’t beat the price.