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L. Publications; 1891-[ongoing]

Publications produced by Marketing and Communications include brochures, flyers, and other publicity material for concerts, special events, and tours. Arranged by season, these publications are often the primary source for information on ticket and subscription prices, various concert series, and the activities of the Orchestra.

M. Orchestra Events; 1893-[bulk 1970-]

Important Orchestra events such as domestic tours, season openings, world premieres, guest artist appearances, recording sessions, and receptions have been documented almost from the time of the Orchestra's founding. This unique series consists primarily of photographs and, more recently, color slides and transparencies. See also Development and Artistic Administration series (including Chorus, Civic Orchestra, and Education) for event photographs relating specifically to the activities of those departments.

N. Foreign Tours ; 1971-[ongoing]

Since embarking on its first European tour under music director Sir Georg Solti in 1971, the CSO has performed in numerous foreign countries including Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Photographs, programs, brochures, press clippings, and memorabilia regarding these tours are maintained as a separate subseries and arranged chronologically by tour date.

Q. Marketing/Ticketing ; 1892-[ongoing]

The marketing series consists primarily of material produced by the Ticketing and Sales department. One of the most significant subseries within this group is the box office statements. These hand- written ledgers provide attendance figures and ticket income for all Orchestra Hall events from 1906 to the mid 1980s. For many non-subscription concerts and non-Orchestra events, these records are an invaluable resource, providing a general index to all Orchestra Hall events for which programs or other documentation may not exist. The online catalog includes all of these ledgers, with non-CSO events (including recitals and rentals) listed chronologically in a note field. Also of interest are the subscriber card files that provide the names and addresses of all CSO subscribers from 1905 to the mid 1980s as well as information on their seat locations, series, and ticket prices. Included are the subscription records for a number of notable Chicagoans, from Marshall Field to Frank Lloyd Wright.


When Theodore Thomas was hired in 1891 to found the Chicago Orchestra, his contract stipulated that he bring his complete library of scores and parts for over 3,500 works for use by the new orchestra. By this time Thomas had spent nearly half a century conducting more than 2,000 orchestra concerts across the United States and had amassed one of the largest private libraries of orchestral music in the world.


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