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Erika Erich, President CCMS

MORE THAN SEVEN DECADES OF OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES

Amati Quartet
Amelia Piano Trio
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
An di Musik
Australia Ensemble
Beaux Arts Trio
Berlin Octet
Berlin Piano Quartet
Boehm Quintette
Brentano String Quartet
Brno Ensemble
Canterbury Trio
Chicago Ensemble
Ciompi Quartet
Colorado String Quartet
Daedalus String Quartet
Degas Quartet
Dorian Wind Quintet
Dunsmuir Piano Quartet
Esterhazy Baryton trio
Euclid Quartet
Graffe String Quartet
Hugo Wolf Quartett
Jacques Thibaud Trio
Juilliard String Quartet
Jupiter String Quartet
Lark Quartet
Laurentian String Quartet
Leipzig String Quartet
Maggini String Quartet
Manhattan String Quartet
Morgenstern Trio
Moscow String Quartet
New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble
New Zurich String Quartet
Orion Ensemble
Osiris Piano Trio
Pacifica Quartet
Penderecki String Quartet
Poulenc Trio
Prairie Winds
Quintet Attacca
St. Petersburg Quartet
Sylvan Winds
Trio con Brio Copenhagen
Vienna Piano Trio
Vienna Virtuosii

HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

The Chicago Chamber Music Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering chamber music in our city, has prospered in Chicago for more than 70 years.

The Chicago Chamber Music Society’s long history dates back to the economically bleak days of 1935 and 1936 when a group of prominent women joined together to provide a venue for gifted Chicago musicians. These women, all of whom were officers of a musical group called the Russian Trio, founded the Chicago Chamber Music Society (CCMS). The Russian Trio, as the Society’s first beneficiary, performed several series of concerts. In 1948, The Russian Trio was renamed The Pro-Musica Trio and included the well-known Chicago cellist Karl Fruh. The origin of the Russian connection was as much a mystery 60 years ago as it is today. In 1948, Judith Cass of The Sun Times wrote “The Pro-Musica Trio … flourished under the title of The Russian Trio until people began saying ‘but why Russian?’ … How the trio happened to be called Russian in the first place, no one now connected with it remembers.”

In the late 1950s, CCMS concert formats changed from programs performed only by local artists to include those of national and international renown. The artistic expansion continued successfully under the leadership of Mrs. Moise Dreyfus followed by Ms. Rose du Moulin. In the late 1960s the Board turned to impresario Harry Zelzer for assistance in finding its next program chairman. Fortunately, he recommended his wife, Sarah Zelzer, who ably selected ensembles until 1968 when she handed over the reins to Mrs. Frank Ruehle. Mrs. Ruehle brought outstanding chamber music to CCMS audiences for more than two decades. Upon her retirement in 2007, she was succeeded by Gay Stanek.

As its contribution to the Chicago Millennium celebration, past president, Mrs. Douglas F. Schroeder, and the Board of Directors of the CCMS commissioned a chamber piece by Chicago composer and journalist, Dan Tucker. Mr. Tucker chose the writings of Carl Sandburg to set to music. Up in Rootabaga County was performed by The Chicago Ensemble at the Chicago Cultural Center in September, 1999. The CCMS presented the original score to The Newberry Library in a dedication ceremony in February, 2007 at which time a reading of the charming Sandburg Story and musical performance of the work were presented. The original score is now preserved in the archives of The Newberry Library.

The CCMS presents four concerts each season.  Now in its 78th year, with the support of its subscribers and friends, The Chicago Chamber Music Society continues to bring great musical performances to Chicago.



The Chicago Chamber  Music Society

P.O. Box 350
Kenilworth, IL 60043

Phone: 847.251.1400
ext. 0

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Board of Directors

Erika Erich,
President

Pat Alberding

Barbara Bermudez

M.J. Black

Joan Blew

Leora Douraghy

Helene Feingold

Adrian Foster

Clarine Hall

Lee Hamilton

Susan Hanes-Leonard

Barbara Hoffman

Jill Isselhard

Barbara Jillson

Kathryn Johnson

Lori Julian

Kerma Karoly

Anne Kern

Paula Kiefer

Diana King

Carola Kupfer

Mina Kuppe

Bonnie Lipe

Margaret McCamant

Patricia Young McKinlay

Theodora Nicolandis

Lynn Orschel

Elizabeth Peters

Marina Phelps

Heather Refetoff

Marilyn Rosengarden/Frederick

Joyce Saxon

Joanne Schroeder

Laura Spingola

Gay Stanek

Susie Stein

Lynn Urstadt

Dorianne Venator

Carilane Vieregg

Nancy Voss