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The 20th/21st Century Consort Collection


The 20th/21st Century Consort Collection
20th/21st Century Consort
Collection number:
03-65, 04-30, 05-28, 06-29
42.00 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

The 20th Century Consort (now the 21st Century Consort) was founded in 1975 by Christopher Kendall and is made up of professional musicians from the Washington area, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra. Since 1978 the ensemble has been the resident contemporary music group at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where they present an annual concert series, often coordinating programming to compliment the museum's exhibitions. The collection consists of financial records, grant applications, programs, tour itineraries and records, correspondence, reviews, recordings, and over seven hundred scores related to the Consort's residency, and its emphasis on music by living composers and 20th century classics. Scores are searchable through the SCPA Scores Database. Five hundred of the 700+ scores have been cataloged. For information on uncataloged scores please contact the curator.

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The collection is open for research use.

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The 20th/21st Century Consort Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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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. Contact the curator for an appointment:


This collection is PROCESSED.A full finding aid is available.