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"Enrique Jordá"                                          Photographed by g. Paul Bishop, '55
                                                                              ©2019 G. Paul Bishop, Jr.


Enrique Jordá
1911 - 1996



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Enrique Jordá
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Northern California symphony audiences first met Mr. Jordá when he opened our 1952-53 "Season of Discovery." His guest appearance was so successful that he was invited to return for the recent "Season of Decision."  The popular and critical acclaim he won from lovers greatly influenced the Symphony association's Board of Governors in their selection of Jordá as successor to Pierre Monteux.

Mr. Jordá gained his musical training with Marcel Dupree and Paul Le Flem in Paris. And it was there, in 1938, that he made his debut as a conductor. Later he went to the Orquesta Betica of Seville and the Madrid Symphony, where he remained as permanent conductor for five years.

He left Spain in 1945, and for two years served as guest conductor of such renowned orchestras as England's BBC Symphony, the Manchester Halle, Paris Conservatoire, Suisse-Romande and Paris Pasadelop. He was then appointed conductor of the Capetown Symphony in South Africa, a post which he served for six years.


_____. "43rd Season, San Francisco Symphony orchestra: Enrique Jordá, Conductor."
     Brochure maintained and presented by San Francisco Symphony association.
     November 1954 - April 1955.


Enrique Jordá, Spanish-born conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, may have decided by now that nest to being dubbed a man of distinction, there's nothing quite so flattering as being mistaken for a maitre d'. Let's hop so.

Other day, Jordá was conferring with Berkeley portrait Photographer Paul g. Bishop concerning a portrait . The pair stood in the Clift Hotel lobby, with Jordá the cynosure of all eyes --- a man of distinguished appearance, unfailing courtesy, and handsome habiliments.

Up rushed a small, distraught hotel guest, aquiver with excitement. An autograph hunter?

"You the maitre d'?" she demanded of Jordá. "Well, where's the dining room?"

Jordá has only one consolation. Nobody, but nobody, is as immaculate as a maitre d'.


_____. "Man of Distinction." Oakland Tribune. March 25, 1954.



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