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21st Century Consort records

 Collection 0024-SCPA
The 21st Century Consort (originally 20th Century Consort) was founded in 1975 by Christopher Kendall and is made up of professional musicians from the Washington area, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra. Since 1978 the ensemble has been the resident contemporary music group at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where they present an annual concert series, often coordinating programming to complement the museum's exhibitions. The collection consists of financial records, grant applications, programs, tour itineraries and records, correspondence, reviews, recordings, and over seven hundred scores related to the Consort's residency, and its emphasis on music by living composers and 20th century classics. Scores are searchable through the SCPA Scores Database. Five hundred of the 700+ scores have been cataloged. For information on uncataloged scores please contact the curator.

Dates

  • 1901-2005
  • Majority of material found within 1975-2005

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

42.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The 21st Century Consort Collection covers the period from 1975 to 2005. The collection consists of financial records, grant applications, programs, tour itineraries and records, correspondence, reviews, recordings, and 733 scores related to the Consort's residency as the contemporary music ensemble for the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and its emphasis on music by living composers and 20th century classics.

Administrative History

The 21st Century Consort (originally 20th Century Consort) was established in 1975, founded by Christopher Kendall, who remains the current Director. The ensemble is made up of professional musicians from the Washington area, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra. Since 1978 the ensemble has been the resident contemporary music group at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where they present an annual concert series, often coordinating programming to complement the museum's exhibitions.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into eight series.
  1. Series 1: Finances
  2. Series 2: Grants
  3. Series 3: Tours
  4. Series 4: Correspondence
  5. Series 5: Reviews
  6. Series 6: Programs
  7. Series 7: Recordings
  8. Series 8: Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Given by Christopher Kendall, Artistic Director and Christopher Patton, Managing Director on September 6, 2002. Additional accruals from Dennis Deloria and Boyd Sarratt between 2009 and 2014.

Related Material

The 21st Century Consort Scores are searchable through the University of Maryland catalog using the search term "Twentieth Century Consort." Moret han 600 of the 700+ scores are cataloged. For information on uncataloged scores please contact the curator.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
21st Century Consort records: A Finding Aid
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Ben Levy, Caitlyn Callahan, and Lee Hinkle, June 2007
Date
2007-06-29
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008-05-06: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, May 2008.
  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2010-03-02: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, March 2010.
  • 2012-08-24: EAD markup checked and verified using Oxgen software by Joanne Archer, August 2012
  • 2015-09-29: EAD markup checked and verified using Oxgen software by John Davis, September 2015

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States