New Friends of Chamber Music was organized to promote interest in chamber music by bringing to Minneapolis the outstanding chamber music ensembles of Europe and America and by presenting musicians from the Twin Cities in chamber music programs.
New Friends of Chamber Music gave concerts, and helped people who wanted to make music in their own homes and education listeners through lectures
New Friends of Chamber Music was organized in 1954 and incorporated on January 4, 1955. By 1957 it had 813 members and its concerts were completely sold out. The Board of Directors included the following people:
Paul Segal - President; Theodore Ptashne - Vice-President; Dr. Arnold F. Caswell - Vice-President; Clifton F. Jackson - Treasurer; Robert Kelber - Secretary; Mrs. Cecil Richman - Director; Al Wolf - Director; Thomas Nee - Director; Gerard Samuel - Educational Director; Will Hertz - Publicity
The first concert was presented in February 3, 1955 was by violinist Szymon Goldberg as violin soloist and conductor of a chamber orchestra of 28 musicians.
The New Friends of Chamber Music also sponsored Junior Friends of Chamber Music, an activity designated to interest high school students in chamber music playing.
Collection consists of two boxes and two scrapbooks. The boxes contain internal organization documents including financial reports and insurance records, as well as season programs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. The scrapbooks consist of memorabilia from concert spanning 1956-1977.
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