Friends of Chamber Music (Portland) Radio

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Friends of Chamber Music, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to presenting the highest quality chamber ensembles in concert, and providing educational outreach to further chamber music in our community. Friends of Chamber Music (FOCM) is honored with the distinction of being the longest non-interrupted chamber music series in Oregon and one of the longest running in the country. The establishment of Friends of Chamber Music grew from the desire of Reed College Classics Professor Reginald Arragon and his wife, Gertrude, to bring quality chamber music to the Portland area. In 1938 the Arragons developed a list of friends and colleagues who agreed to serve as guarantors should the proposed new series fail to cover its expenses through ticket sales. The Arragons built the series over the years, depending upon the guarantor system exclusively to make up the deficit each year. Over the years a number of institutions of higher learning became supporting members of the Friends of C...