Members of the acclaimed Chicago Chamber Musicians in concert (photo courtesy of The Chicago Chamber Musicians).
The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM)announced last week that CCM will discontinue all artistic activities as of the close of its current fiscal year on August 31, 2014 and will not present a 2014/2015 season. In making the announcement, CCM’s Board of Directors expressed its deep gratitude to the CCM ensemble artists for “28 years of glorious music making and to its loyal base of subscribers and funders for their long standing support of chamber music in Chicago.”
CCM Board Chair Michael Woolever pointed out that, “While CCM filled an important niche in Chicago’s musical scene for many years, numerous factors have made it more and more difficult for CCM to avoid operational deficits in recent years and CCM leadership decided to take a prudent approach and suspend artistic operations while we continue to be solvent.”
CCM ensemble member and former Co-Artistic Director Charles Geyer added, “It has been a pleasure and privilege to be a part of CCM for 17 years and perform with this complement of excellent musicians. CCM led the way, when Chicago had virtually no chamber music series, to today where the city enjoys multiple groups and programs. I am grateful to our musicians, Board, staff and individual and institutional donors for making it possible to provide Chicago and beyond with 28 years of great chamber music performances.”
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts