Chicago Symphony has announced another $2 million gift – to add to the $32 million it received a few weeks back.
CHICAGO—Jay Henderson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announced today that CSOA Trustee Randy Berlin and her husband, Melvin, have pledged $2 million to the CSOA to create the Randy and Melvin Berlin Family Fund for the Canon. This gift provides support for artistic excellence in the programming of core orchestral repertoire by German and Austro-Hungarian composers—such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann—for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).
“All art forms have a core collection of ‘best works’ or ‘canon’—famous and timeless pieces that have remained appreciated over the centuries,” said Randy Berlin. “The deep awe and pleasure we feel for this music of the past enlarges our capacity to connect with the composers from other places and times who transport us through beautiful sound into worlds we never knew and to audiences around the world who share our appreciation. Great art fulfills our urge to make order out of chaos and helps us to be proud of being human. By creating the Fund for the Canon at the CSO, Melvin and I chose to support the masterpieces of core classical orchestral repertoire on which the CSO built its tremendous legacy. It’s an honor for us to help ensure the future performances of this great repertoire by this remarkable Orchestra.”