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Milward Adams (January 6, 1857 - January 18, 1923) was born in Lexington, Kentucky.
Adams rose to prominence as the first manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Auditorium Theater. Adams worked his way up in the performing arts world, beginning as a janitor at various theatres and ending as a theater manager with many connections in the Chicago arts scene.\
He anaged the great May musical festivals of 1882 and 1884; also summer night concerts under the direction of Theodore Thomas for ten years.