ABOUT US

Entrance to the home of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts:  Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center

MISSION STATEMENT

To present high-quality music performances and music education in the Chicago metropolitan area through outstanding artists, free of charge, to people of all ages and degrees of musical awareness, so that they can experience how music enriches life.

WHAT WE DO

As one of Chicago’s landmark music institutions, the International Music Foundation has been quietly and efficiently fulfilling its mission for over 40 years.

WE BELIEVE:

  • Listening to high-quality live music engages, energizes and gives remarkable pleasure to our audiences.
  • Emerging artists both deserve and need the opportunity to perform for receptive and discerning audiences.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO:

  • Uncompromising artistic quality: Presenting world-class musicians and dynamic repertoire.
  • Unique concert formats: Engaging listeners with interactive or short programs in easy-access locations.
  • Universal access: Providing admission-free programming.

St. James Cathedral:  Home to the Rush Hour Concerts series.
Photo by Elliot Mandel

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, comprised of musicians, business leaders and non-profit executives, ensure that our programs and operations are aligned with our vision. Click here to see our Board roster.

Staff

The IMF staff roll up their sleeves every day—behind the scenes—to bring free music of the highest quality to adults and children in Chicago. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Find out more about our team here.

Founders

Learn more about the inspiration and extraordinary achievements of our founders, Al Booth and Deborah Sobol, please click on the founder’s name to learn more.

Supporters

We appreciate each and every one of our sponsors and count on their support to continue our foundation.

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