Historic Hood River
Hood River Music Festival
According to our photo archives there were at least two Hood River Music Festivals. This is from the August 1951 festival when the opera “Bridge of the Gods” premiered. William Schroeder was the composer, and Boris Sirpo directed the festival and apparently the opera. There was also a Sibelius concert, and the Hungarian String Quartet performed.
My recollection is the opera was based on the novel by Frederic Homer Balch (written while he lived in Hood River) but I cannot find a citation to verify. Hopefully someone will be more successful tracking down this thread.
I’m also told our research team is looking for a copy of the score of “Bridge of the Gods.” With the number of local folks involved in this production, I’ll bet someone has a copy in their family archives.