To commemorate the Orchestra’s 1990 tour to Russia, a limited number of Russian nesting—or Matryoskha—dolls were hand-crafted. The dolls represented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s eight music directors: Sir Georg Solti, Jean Martinon, Fritz Reiner, Rafael Kubelík, Artur Rodzinski, Désiré Defauw, Frederick Stock, and Theodore Thomas.

The dolls were sold as a premium in conjunction with the Women’s Association annual Radiothon fundraiser in March 1992.

Image of the complete set of dolls along with other Solti-themed premiums from the 1992 Radiothon catalog.