Chamber Arts Society Collection, 1990-2016

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Chamber Arts Society (Duke University) and Meyer, Horst, 1940-,
The Chamber Arts Society was created in 1945 and is dedicated to the performance of classical music by small chamber ensembles. This collection includes programs for many performances from 1990-2016.
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Materials in English
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University Archives Record Group:
07 -- Academic Affairs
07 -- Academic Affairs > 05 -- The Arts


Scope and content:

The Chamber Arts Society Collection includes programs from many Chamber Arts Society performances from 1990-2016.

Biographical / historical:

The Chamber Arts Society (CAS) was formed in 1945 to support classical music performances by small chamber ensembles at Duke University. Ernest Nelson, a professor of Renaissance History, led the formation of the Society with several other faculty members and was the first Director, 1945-1963. Leland Phelps, a professor in the German Department, was Director from 1963 to 1971, succeeded by Ruth Blum from 1979 to 2000. In 2000, Professor of mathematics Robert Bryant became Director and was then succeeded in 2007 by Professor of English George Gopen. Initially independent of the University, in 1985 the financial administration of the CAS was taken over by Susan Coon of the Duke Office of Cultural Affairs, later the Duke Institute of the Arts and then the Duke Performances Series. The CAS also has an Advisory Board of eight members of the University community who work with the Director of CAS and Duke Performances.

For the first 60 years of operation, the CAS held about five concerts per season, inviting well-respected artists from all over the world. Since George Gopen assumed the directorship, the CAS has held about eight concerts per season. Repeat performers have included the Beaux Arts Trio, the Julliard String Quartet, the St Lawrence Quartet, the Takacs Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, and many others.

Acquisition information:
The Chamber Arts Society Collection were received by the Duke University Archives as a gift in 2016.
Processing information:

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, September 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2016-0034.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


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Chamber music -- 20th century
Concerts -- Performances
Chamber Arts Society (Duke University)


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[Identification of item], Chamber Arts Society Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.