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Maud PowellAnd more congratulations are in order for another very special member of the extended CSO family . . . kudos to violinist Maud Powell, who has just been named a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences! The news was announced earlier this week, and Powell’s fellow recipients are Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and The Beatles.

Karen Shaffer, Powell’s biographer and founder/director of The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education, has written an extensive article for, and Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton Pine has written a tribute for

Powell was a frequent soloist with the Orchestra during the Theodore Thomas and Frederick Stock eras, appearing at the Auditorium Theatre, Orchestra Hall, and at the World’s Columbian Exposition‘s Music Hall.

A complete list of her performances is below:

July 18, 1893 (Music Hall)
BRUCH Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Theodore Thomas, conductor
Exposition Orchestra (The Chicago Orchestra, as we were then known, expanded to 114 players)

August 4, 1893 (Music Hall)
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Theodore Thomas, conductor
Exposition Orchestra

July 18, 1893

Powell’s debut at the World’s Columbian Exposition on July 18, 1893

April 19 & 20, 1901 (Auditorium Theatre)
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Theodore Thomas, conductor

April 22 & 23, 1904 (Auditorium Theatre)
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Theodore Thomas, conductor

January 25 & 26, 1907 (Orchestra Hall)
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
Frederick Stock, conductor

November 20, 1907 (Gray’s Armory, Cleveland, Ohio)
TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35
Frederick Stock, conductor

February 21 & 22, 1908 (Orchestra Hall)
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
Frederick Stock, conductor

November 5 & 6, 1909 (Orchestra Hall)
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Frederick Stock, conductor

April 18 & 19, 1913 (Orchestra Hall)
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Frederick Stock, conductor

March 17 & 18, 1916 (Orchestra Hall)
MOZART Concerto for Violin No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 (Turkish)
SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin, Op. 28
Frederick Stock, conductor

Post updated on January 23, 2014, to include links to recent articles.

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