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University of Chicago Magazine Oct. 2006

October 2006

Behind the music
Law-student-turned-producer James Ginsburg, AB’87, strikes a chord with local artists.

“Beware of dog,” cautions a sign taped to the door of the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation. On a rainy Thursday in May the fearsome canine, a fuzzy American Eskimo named Mauja, sleeps peacefully under a desk inside the storefront office. Cubbies lining the far wall hold dozens of CDs--all from the organization’s Cedille (pronounced say-DEE) Records label. A back storage room houses thousands more. Across the street, four chimes from a church bell tower mark the afternoon hour.

A minute later Jim Ginsburg, AB’87, bursts through the door. Wearing jeans, sneakers, and a gray T-shirt, he has spent most of the day in his home-editing studio a few blocks away. “We’re trying to get this disc out by June,” he says of Cedille’s latest project, American Orchestral Works, a world-premiere collection of contemporary concertos performed by the Grant Park Orchestra. The recording comes on the heels of Portraits, a collaboration between the orchestra and violinist Jennifer Koh playing works by 20th-century composers Syzmanowski, Martinu, and Bart?