Ruth’s love for music came from her mother who had toured the country with a vaudeville trio and taught piano. As a teenager, Orkin worked at the Hollywood Bowl selling programs. In the late 1940’s she wrote to the Boston Symphony Orchestra to see if they would allow her to photograph them at Tanglewood over the summer, they said they didn’t need anyone. She went anyway and spent several summers at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.
She also photographed the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium at City College where they used to rehearse and give concerts over the summer. Orkin captured some of the greatest musicians and composers of our time including: Marian Anderson; Leonard Bernstein; Benjamin Britten; Aaron Copland; Jascha Heifitz, William Kapell; Serge Koussevitzky; Dimitri Mitropoulos; Arthur Rubinstein; Isaac Stern and many others.
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