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The collection also contains reference cassette tapes representing the Oral History Project—nearly 500 interviews obtained from subscribers, musicians, trustees, staff, volunteers, as well as select composers, conductors, and guest artists. Also included are pre- and post-concert lectures, featuring discussions and interviews with composers, noted scholars, conductors, and musicians.

Film and Video

The earliest film in the Moving Image Collection contains footage from the 1930s when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra teamed up with members of the Woman's Symphony Orchestra for summer concerts in Grant Park. Over a six-year period, a member of the Orchestra documented rehearsals on a 16 mm camera, capturing the interaction of musicians, entourages of guest artists, and the only surviving footage of Frederick Stock conducting the Orchestra.

The collection also contains a complete set of extant telecasts from the Great Music from Chicago series, featuring some of the only footage of conductors Fritz Reiner, Sir Thomas Beecham, George Szell, Hans Rosbaud, Paul Hindemith, and Pierre Monteux. This is complemented by hundreds of other videos featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Also included are telecasts of the Illinois Young Performers' Competition (aired on WTTW-TV from 1985 until 1994), fundraising promotional videotapes, television news footage of special events, press conferences, pre- and post-concert conversations, interviews, and concert and rehearsal footage.

Date Range: 1916- [ongoing]

Size of Collection: ca. 3000 titles/programs

Series Description: Record group AV is currently arranged in seven series:

AV-CSO: Chicago Symphony Orchestra radio broadcasts; bulk 1965-[ongoing]; audio only. AV-COM: Chicago Symphony Orchestra commercially-released recordings and videos; 1916- [ongoing]; various audio and moving image formats AV-GMC: Hour of Music and Great Music from Chicago telecasts; 1953-1963; various audio and [primarily] moving image formats AV-LEC: CSO seminars and pre-concert lectures; 1987- [ongoing]; various audio and moving image formats AV-EDUC: Educational programs produced by or featuring the CSO; ca. 1977-[ongoing]; various audio and moving image formats AV-DEV: Fund-raising and other development-related programs; 1969-[ongoing]; various audio and moving image formats AV-GEN: Includes televisions news footage, press conferences, miscellaneous interviews, and concert and rehearsal footage; 1934-, bulk 1971-[ongoing]; various audio and moving image formats.

Access: Collection does not circulate; restricted to onsite access. At present, the online catalog does not include the series AV-COM (commercial recordings and videos). A complete discography and other AV finding aids are available in the Rosenthal Archives.

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