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Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Katherine Fletcher Shreves - Archive of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
The great motion picture studios of the San Fernando Valley once maintained full professional orchestras. Katherine Fletcher Shreves was an accomplished cellist, graduate of the Julliard School of Music, and resident of Studio City. She was the featured cello player for the Republic Studios classic film, The Quiet Man.
So skilled were Republic's musicians that they had but one rehearsal prior to playing for the actual recording to accompany the film. The great composer Victor Young led the Republic Orchestra and once was heard at the end of a recording, "Oh Katherine, that was so beautiful.
Victor Young and Katherine Fletcher Shreves were but two of the great musicians in San Fernando Valley history.

click to enlarge Katherine's photograph.

The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

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