CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS
Year in and year out since its inception in 1986, the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) has shared the joys of music with its audiences and enriched the lives of countless individuals through its programmes. This fraternity of artists among the city's finest musicians performs a repertoire of works both traditional and new. With an ensemble that has grown from its original five resident artists to thirteen, the Chicago Chamber Musicians is an institution recognized internationally today for exemplary performances on stage, in the community, and on disc. Committed to engaging new audiences for ensemble music, CCM offers a wide variety of musical programmes to acquaint an increasingly diverse public with its artistry. Anchored by its six-concert subscription series, presented in two locations in the metropolitan area, CCM also presents Composer Perspectives, an award-winning contemporary chamber music series distinguished by the hands-on involvement of composers such as Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich in its planning and execution. Additionally, CCM offers an annual Family Concert and participates in a wide range of community outreach initiatives, including a concert-oriented music programme in two Chicago public schools; performances in non-traditional venues such as retirement homes, community centers and hospitals; and the First Monday series of free noon-time concerts presented at the Chicago Cultural Center. In recognition of its efforts to bring music to students, CCM has previously received the Chicago Public Schools' Volunteer of the Year award.
Noted for its persuasive advocacy of new music, CCM has received two prestigious ASCAP-Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming. The ensemble has commissioned thirteen works and has brought previously unrecorded works by composers including David Diamond and Bruce Adolphe to disc. CCM actively seeks to present the first and definitive performance of many new works, adding to the organization's legacy of shaping the landscape of contemporary chamber music. On tour, CCM artists have appeared in major musical centers throughout the United States, and in Tokyo, Salzburg, Berlin, and Giverny, France. The Chicago String Quartet and CCM BRASS, resident ensembles of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, have garnered their own reputations for music-making of the highest rank in Chicago and beyond.