Community Concerts at Second records Edit


PIMS 0040


  • 1987 – 2011 (Creation)


  • 5.42 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    (11 full-size letter boxes, 2 half-size letter boxes, 2 medium flat boxes, 1 card file)




  • Abstract

    Community Concerts at Second, formerly known as the Second Presbyterian Concert Series, is a nonprofit organization established in 1987 in Baltimore that invites classical musicians to perform free concerts. The collection contains administrative records, concert programs, photographs, clippings, and recordings related to the organization and its concerts.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Transfer by Pamela Higgins in 2001 and 2011.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Second Presbyterian Concert Series was founded in 1987 by Margaret Budd, then organist of Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Some years later, Budd attended a candlelight concert at St. Martin in the Fields church in London and began to envision similar evenings of chamber music in Baltimore. With the collaboration of members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the evening Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts were initiated in 1995.

    Each year since 1990, the organization has presented the Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition. This competition is funded by a bequest of the late philanthropist Russell Wonderlic and exists to develop the careers and talents of young pianists and vocalists in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    Numerous distinguished musicians have performed in the series, including pianists Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Awadagin Pratt, Eric Zuber, Kevin Kenner, and Simone Dinnerstein; singers Spiro Malas, John Shirley Quirk, Theodora Hanslowe, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and Hyunah Yu; organists Dame Gillian Weir, Donald Sutherland, and Fred Swann; cellist Amit Peled; and oboist Katherine Needleman.

    The organization was renamed Community Concerts at Second in 2002 and became a separate entity and nonprofit organization in 2004. Community Concerts at Second is governed by a volunteer board of up to 25 members and a part-time Managing Director, who directs the daily operations of the organization. The organization is now in its fourth decade of service to the community, with Beth Ann Felder serving as President.

    (Adapted from, last accessed 2017 November 20)

  • Preferred Citation

    [Name of folder or item], [Date], [Box number], [Folder number], Community Concerts at Second records, PIMS.0040, Arthur Friedheim Library Special Collections, Peabody Institute, The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Alexandra Patterson in 2016.

  • Related Materials

    The Peabody Archives also holds the papers of Russell Wonderlic. Contact the archivist for more information about the collection.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Community Concerts at Second records (1987-2011) contain materials related to the nonprofit organization and its concerts. Series 1 contains administrative records relating to each concert as well as financial information. Also included in the series are concert programs and photographs of the artists and their performances. Series 2 contains CD and audio cassette recordings of the concert series performances.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

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