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Raleigh Chamber Music Guild to Become Known as “Chamber Music Raleigh”

Pacifica Quartet

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New Logo and Website Revealed, Along with Details of Organization’s 74th Concert Season

(Raleigh, N.C.) Since its founding in 1941, the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild has presented the world’s leading ensembles to generations of Triangle music lovers. The non-profit organization also showcases North Carolina-based performers and composers, commissions new chamber works, provides educational programs and brings live classical music to first-time audiences of all ages.


As the needs and tastes of Raleigh concert-goers changed, the organization’s mission has endured: presenting, promoting and preserving a cherished musical art form whose roots reach back to the mid-17th century. While that mission continues, the organization is modernizing its name. Effective immediately, the Guild will be known as Chamber Music Raleigh.

“We believe the more concise name reflects who we really are,” says Trude Bate, president of Chamber Music Raleigh. “Our strategic focus is on making chamber music more exciting, more accessible and more relatable for our city’s growing population,” she says.

But the word “Guild” will not vanish entirely from the organization or its programs. The group’s signature Masters Series, its 74-year-old public concert season, will now be known as the Guild Series in a move that honors the organization’s rich history. Also, the non-profit corporation’s legal name will continue to be the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Inc.

“Our board of directors has worked since last fall on this change,” says Marianne Breneman, executive director of Chamber Music Raleigh. Along with the new name comes a new logo and website ( The changes are designed to keep the organization’s image in tune with that of Raleigh, a dynamic city with a technology-oriented economy and vibrant performing arts scene. “We’re taking these steps with the objective of capturing the imagination of both new and long-time chamber music enthusiasts,” Breneman says.

The organization’s leaders unveiled the new look yesterday at its annual Donor Appreciation House Concert, an invitation-only event that acknowledges individuals and families whose financial contributions complement funding the organization receives from the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and other arts foundations. Members of Chamber Music Raleigh’s ensemble-in-residence, the Oak City String Quartet, performed works by Faure and Kodaly after guests enjoyed beverages and snacks. Chamber Music Raleigh also unveiled details of its 74th season:

Guild Series

  • The Pacifica Quartet with clarinetist Anthony McGill – September 27, 2015
  • The Horszowski Trio – November 22, 2015
  • The Dover Quartet – February 21, 2016
  • Spectrum Brass – April 10, 2016

Sights and Sounds on Sundays Series (presented in partnership with the N.C. Museum of Art)

  • Mallarme Chamber Players – November 1, 2015
  • Olga Kleiankina, pianist – December 6, 2015
  • Aurora Musicalis – January 24, 2016
  • The Ciompi Quartet and Friends – March 6, 2016
  • Nuance Lyrique – May 8, 2016
  • Boylan Bridge Brass – May 22, 2016

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