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Mr. Sam Denov

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Percussionist

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago , Illinois 60604
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Trustee
    CSO Pension Trust

Education

  • Chicago's Lane Technical High School
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Lane Tech High School
  • Tuley High School
  • U.S. Navy School of Music
  • bachelor's degree , labor studies
    Roosevelt University
  • degree , Labor Education
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Sam Denov, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section from 1954 until 1985, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was 91.
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Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Rosenthal Archives
Born in Chicago in 1923, Sam Denov attended Lane Technical High School and, following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he spent a year in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the San Antonio Symphony in 1947. Three years later he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he remained for two seasons before returning to Chicago to operate his own high-fidelity equipment business. In 1954, he was invited by music director Fritz Reiner to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section. Denov also later attended Roosevelt University, earning a bachelor's degree in labor studies.
A tireless activist for musicians' rights, Denov was a major force in the founding of ICSOM, serving at various times as chairman, vice-chairman, and editor of the ICSOM newsletter Senza Sordino. Following his retirement from the Orchestra in 1985, he became a labor relations consultant, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board. At the ICSOM annual conference in 2009, the delegates passed a resolution by unanimous consent honoring Denov for "his many contributions as an early leader in the orchestra field" and expressing "ICSOM's respect and admiration as an ICSOM founder. At the 2012 conference, he addressed the group's fiftieth anniversary along with several of his CSO colleagues.
Widely known among percussionists, Denov authored three books: The Art of Playing Cymbals: A Complete Guide and Text for the Artistic Percussionist (1966), Symphonic Paradox: The Misadventures of a Wayward Musician (2002), and Boom and Crash Musician: A Percussive Memoir (2012). He also contributed numerous articles to professional journals.
In his retirement, Denov was an active member of the CSO Alumni Association, serving as its first president from 1993 until 1996, as a board member, and as secretary-editor.
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Sam Denov, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section from 1954 until 1985, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was 91. Born in Chicago in 1923, Sam Denov attended Lane Technical High School and, following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he spent a year in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the San Antonio [Read more...]
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Sam Denov, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section from 1954 until 1985, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was 91. Born in Chicago in 1923, Sam Denov attended Lane Technical High School and, following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he spent a year in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the San Antonio [Read more...]
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Sam Denov, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section from 1954 until 1985, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was 91. Born in Chicago in 1923, Sam Denov attended Lane Technical High School and, following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he spent a year in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the San Antonio [Read more...]
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Obituary: Sam Denov helped found a group to improve musicians' wages and working conditions. He was 91.
Sam Denov looked out for his fellow musicians.
A longtime percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with orchestras in Pittsburgh and San Antonio, Mr. Denov was a major force in the founding of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, or ISCOM, serving at various times as chairman, vice chairman and editor of its newsletter.
And following his retirement from the CSO in 1985, the Des Plaines resident became a labor relations consultant, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board.
"Sam cared passionately about the welfare of professional musicians, and his contribution to improving their wages and working conditions cannot be overstated," said Tom Hall, retired CSO violinist and president of the CSO Alumni Association.
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At the ICSOM annual conference in 2009, the delegates passed a resolution honoring Mr. Denov for "his many contributions as an early leader in the orchestra field."
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"Sam was fair-minded in everything, so it stands to reason he'd feel the same way about his own profession," said his wife of 10 years, Lorraine. "He wanted to make sure that the rights of musicians were protected, and he knew it was important that there always be people keeping their best interests in mind."
Mr. Denov, 91, a member of the CSO's percussion section from 1954 until 1985, died Wednesday, March 4, at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, after a battle with a lung-scarring disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
"Orchestra musicians locally and nationally should remember Sam as someone who helped make possible the benefits they enjoy today," Hall said.
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Mr. Denov, the youngest of five children of Russian immigrants, grew up on the North Side, but before graduating from Lane Tech High School, he attended Tuley High School on the Northwest Side.
"When he was growing up, his brother would practice playing the French horn in the family's kitchen," his wife said. "As the story goes, Sam, when he was just a toddler, liked to crawl under the table, where he'd sit just listening to him play."
Near the end of his freshman year at Tuley, the superintendent of music for Chicago Public Schools recommended he transfer to Lane Tech because it had a better music program to cultivate his talent.
"He rarely talked about it, but he must have been a phenom, because back then schools rarely did that sort of thing," said his wife, who taught piano for 30 years. "It's really to their credit that his teachers recognized his extraordinary talent in music."
Mr. Denov played percussion in his high school band and took music lessons on the weekends for 25 cents an hour.
"His father thought that was so expensive," his wife said, with a laugh. "And back then it probably was!"
During World War II, Mr. Denov served for three years as a musician in the Navy and was based in Brazil. During the war, he wed his first wife, Charlotte, while the two were still in their teens. They were married for 62 years. She died in 2004.
After the war, Mr. Denov spent a year in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the San Antonio Symphony in 1947. Three years later, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra but left after two years to run his own high-fidelity equipment business in Chicago.
He was invited in 1954 to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section, where he remained for more than 30 years. He later attended Roosevelt University, earning a bachelor's degree in labor studies.
Mr. Denov was the author of three books, including two in retirement: "The Art of Playing Cymbals: A Complete Guide and Text for the Artistic Percussionist" in 1966, "Symphonic Paradox: The Misadventures of a Wayward Musician" in 2002 and "Boom and Crash Musician: A Percussive Memoir" in 2012.
He was also part of the CSO Alumni Association, serving as its first president from 1993 until 1996, as well as a board member and secretary-editor.
He was preceded in death by his son Tyrone Walls in 2014.
Mr. Denov also is survived by another son, Ernie.
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