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Concert Society at Maryland Archives

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Abstract

Title:
Concert Society at Maryland Archives
Author/Creator:
Concert Society at Maryland
Collection number:
97-6-CSM
Size:
126.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1985-1996
Inclusive dates:
1976-2004
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

The Concert Society at Maryland, originally founded in 1976 as the University Community Concerts, was a chamber music concert series focusing on bringing professional concerts to the Maryland suburbs. Changing its name in 1991, the organization played a vital role in the community with its concerts, seminars, and community outreach programs. The collection consists of correspondence, budget materials, ticket sales, patron/donor information, marketing/publicity materials, recordings, seasonal publications, and programs related to performances produced by the CSM featuring artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Airmen of Note, and the Cleveland Quartet among many others.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Concert Society at Maryland Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301-405-9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

To Eva Hornyak, her mission in 1976 was clear: to create a regular chamber music concert series for the growing community at and around the University of Maryland in College Park. The opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971 encouraged the growth of classical music concerts in the Washington, D.C. area and Ms. Hornyak turned to Martin Feinstein, then executive director of the Kennedy Center, for advice. The first University Community Concerts (UCC) season saw six concerts in the auditorium of the University of Maryland University College Center for Adult Education (now the Inn and Conference Center). The opening performance, which was given on November 7, 1976 by violinist Jaime Laredo and pianist Claude Frank, seemed to emphasize both the sparseness of and hunger for professional concerts in the Maryland suburbs. Martin Feinstein had warned Eva Hornyak to be prepared to lose money the first season, but with ticket sales and grants the UCC finished its first season 52 cents in the black and almost a doubling of subscriptions for the next season.

The following seasons were forecasts of future musical distinction and saw performances by artists such as the Guarneri String Quartet, the young piano and cello duet of Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As the UCC grew, so did its quest for funds. The UCC sought funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, the Maryland Arts Council, local businesses, individual donors, and benefits. The first of several benefit concerts was given in November of 1978 by Eva Hornyaks brother, violinist Isaac Stern. In 1980 the UCC board guided the development of a support group, the UCC Guild, and increased the membership of its board, adding the philanthropist David Lloyd Kreeger.

The UCC experimented with many different concert series over the years: a Young Artist Series that became a New Artist Series, the Olde Musicke Series, a Student Sampler Series, the Keyboard Series, the Great American Songwriters Series, and the WorldSong Series. The most popular and lasting of these were the Olde Musicke Series, started in 1982, and the WorldSong Series, which started in 1988. Continuing to look toward the future, in 1991 the UCC changed its name to The Concert Society at Maryland, enlarged its board membership, and established the Carmen and David Lloyd Kreeger Fund for Emerging Artists and Composers. Attempts to attract patrons continued with performances in unconventional concert locations and also via outreach activities. In December 1993 the CSM was awarded a certificate of recognition for its generosity in donating tickets for cultural events by the Prince Georges County Public Schools Board of Education. By 1997, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center was under construction at the university and the CSM hoped to be a part of that center in the twenty-first century. By 2001, CSMs programming efforts had been absorbed into the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and CSM ceased to exist as an entity at the University of Maryland.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Concert Society at Maryland Archives covers the period from 1976 to 2004; the bulk of the materials date from 1985 to 1996. The collection consists of correspondence, budget materials, ticket sales, patron/donor information, marketing/publicity materials, recordings, seasonal publications, and programs related to performances produced by the CSM featuring artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Airmen of Note, and the Cleveland Quartet among many others.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Concert Society at Maryland and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center management in increments between 1997 and 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Ruth Harris, David Brenneman and Amanda Weeks, 2000-2009, June 2010 and June 2011

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Board of Directors, 1976-1997 (4 linear feet)

This series contains files of the various board directors. These include minutes of board meetings, correspondence, budget information, and the organizations strategic plan. Materials are organized by each director.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 2: Executive Director Files, 1976-1999 (9.25 linear feet)

This series contains files of the executive directors. These include correspondence, patrons/donors lists, grant materials, budget information, and advancement/promotional materials. Some files are restricted. Materials are organized by each executive director.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 3: Artistic Director Files, 1976-1996 (5.25 linear feet)

This series contains files of the various artistic directors. These include press releases, ticket sales information, and benefit information. Materials are organized by artistic director.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 4: Marketing/Publicity Files, 1978-1999 (8.5 linear feet)

This series contains marketing and publicity files. These include performing artists contracts, programs, and publicity materials. Some files are restricted. Materials are organized by publicity/marketing director.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 5: Production Files, 1976-1998 (12 linear feet)

This series contains files pertaining to CSM productions. These include program notes, seminar information, and correspondence about programming. Materials are organized by each head of production.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 6: Performing Arts Files, 1976-2004 (32.5 linear feet)

This series contains files of the artists that performed in the concert series. These include performer biographies and headshots, program notes, demo tapes, and performance reviews and press coverage. Materials are organized alphabetically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 7: UCC/CSM Files, 1976-2000 (3.5 linear feet)

This series contains various files of the UCC/CSM. These include season programs, flyers, brochures, newsletters, and other season publications. Materials are organized chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 8: Guild Files, 1980-1998 (2.5 linear feet)

This series contains files of the Guild. The Guild is a support group for the UCC that was created in 1980. These files include reception information and thank you letters. Some folders contain materials about concerts from the 1976 1979 seasons. Materials are organized chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 9: Financial Files, 1977-1999 (39.5 linear feet)

This series contains information on grants, payroll, personnel files, contributions, sales, bank information such as check stubs and deposit slips, and various expenses. Some files are restricted. Materials are organized alphabetically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 10: Oral Histories, 1995-1996 (1.25 linear feet)

This series contains oral history agreements and a transcript of the interview of Eva Hornyak. The Recordings series contains audio recordings of the interviews of Joan Silverman. Materials are organized chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 11: Recordings, 1980-1996 (4 linear feet)

This series contains audio and video recordings of selected CSM events. This series also contains audio recordings of the oral history interviews of Joan Silverman. Materials are organized chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 12: Miscellaneous Files, 1976-1995 (4.5 linear feet)

This series contains artwork, phone/data records, travel arrangements, a UCC/CSM archives overview written by CSM member and SCPA volunteer, Ruth Harris, and other miscellaneous items.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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