Fromm, Paul

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Fromm, Paul

Fromm, Paul, prominent German-born American music patron; b. Kitzingen, Sept. 28, 1906; d. Chicago, July 4, 1987. He was born into a family of vintners. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1938, becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1944. He founded the Great Lakes Wine Co. in Chicago in 1940, subsequently organizing the Fromm Music Foundation (1952), which assumed a leading role in commissioning and sponsoring performances of contemporary music, including those at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (from 1956), the annual Festival of Contemporary Music there (1964–83), and the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival (from 1985).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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