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Chicago Chamber Musicians Records

 Collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Chamber 2

Scope and Content of the Collection

Records dating from the CCM’s founding in 1986, including minutes and annual reports, financial and fundraising papers, season records, photographs, press clippings, awards, and files relating to the Centennial celebration, general program files, special program files (children's and family concerts, school programs, music at the Millennium, professional development), recording and commissioning files, materials relating to a collaboration with the Chicago String Quartet, and concert programs.

Dates

  • 1986-2014

Creator

Language

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago Chamber Musicians Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago Chamber Musicians Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of The Chicago Chamber Musicians

The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) was founded in 1986 by a group of prominent musicians and chamber music devotees for the purpose of building an internationally-recognized Chicago institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music.

CCM began in 1986 as the resident ensemble of WFMT and that same year inaugurated its year-round, free First Monday Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. Repeated requests from listeners led CCM to create its annual subscription series in 1988. CCM also started offering education programs in Chicago public schools in 1988, and created its annual Family Concerts in 1996 to nurture the enjoyment of chamber music among young audiences. Ten years later it launched an annual series dedicated to fostering greater exposure and appreciation for contemporary composers and piloted the first phase of its Chamber Music Professional Development Program (PDP) to pass on its significant knowledge to the next generation of professional musicians. In later years, the organization offered school groups free transportation to its First Monday series and offered concerts at architecturally interesting city venues.

The Chicago Chamber Musicians voted to discontinue artistic operations after 28 years at the close of the organization's 2014 fiscal year. Declining audiences and difficulty in avoiding operational deficits lead to the organization’s demise.

Extent

16 Linear Feet (17 boxes, 11 volumes, and 1 oversize box)

Abstract

Chicago organization founded in 1986 by musicians Larry Combs, Joseph Genualdi, Deborah Sobol, and Gail Williams for the purpose of building an internationally recognized institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music by string and wood instruments. Records include minutes, financial and fundraising papers, season records, photographs, press clippings, awards, and files relating to the Centennial celebration, general program files, special program files (children's and family concerts, school programs, music at the Millennium, professional development), recording and commissioning files, and materials relating to the Chicago String Quartet.

Arrangement

Organized by type of record.

Collection Stack Location

1 37 3; 1 43 5

Provenance

Gift of Chicago Chamber Musicians, Kathleen Butera, Executive Director, 2014-2015; Michael H. Woolever, 2015.

Processed by

Martha T. Briggs and Alison Hinderliter, 2015.
Title
Inventory of the Chicago Chamber Musicians Records, 1986-2014
Status
Completed
Author
Martha T. Briggs
Date
©2015.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States
312-255-3512