Frederick Stock

Frederick Stock


Frederick Stock
Music: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Born Nov. 11, 1872 in Julich, Germany
Died Oct. 20, 1942 of heart attack in Chicago, Ill.

Frederick Stock, known as the grand old man of Chicago music, spent 38 seasons as conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but he also appeared before audiences from coast to coast.

He led his own organization in Chicago and took it on tour frequently and, in addition, directed the country's great orchestras in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

A native of Germany, Stock joined the Chicago Symphony in 1895 at the suggestion of Theodore Thomas, founder of the orchestra, who had heard him play the violin in Cologne.

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