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New Friends of Chamber Music Records

Identifier: M/A 0099

Description of Contents

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 concerts spanning 1956-1977.


  • 1954 - 1977


Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


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.


3.33 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.