Spano reflects on career at Atlanta Symphony and the “Atlanta School of Composers”

Orchestra conductors “rarely don horsehead masks and dance around the stage,” writes Bo Emerson in Thursday’s (4/19) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But these kinds of things happen at a Robert Spano concert, and did happen at a [2014] performance of ‘cloth/field’ [with artist Lauri Stallings]…. His career as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra began in 2001 and will end with …

April 23, 2018
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Seattle Symphony’s all-Stravinsky program: “Persephone,” with puppets, dancers, singers, and more

“Igor Stravinsky famously felt that ‘music expresses itself’—essentially, that understanding a given piece of music requires little beyond what we hear when it’s played,” writes Christy Karras in Thursday’s (4/19) Seattle Times....

Oklahoma City Philharmonic postpones farewell concert for founding music director

“The Oklahoma City Philharmonic will have to wait a little longer to say a proper goodbye to its retiring Maestro Joel Levine,” write Brandy McDonnell in Friday’s (4/20) Oklahoman....

Review: NEC Philharmonia premieres Kernis’s Symphony No. 4

“Year after year Hugh Wolff recruits and nurtures fine contingents for New England Conservatory’s orchestras,” writes Lee Eiseman in Thursday’s (4/19) Boston Musical Intelligencer....

Opinion: Clearing up listeners’ “classical music insecurity complex”

“I was talking about music recently with a friend who [told] me that although he loved classical music, when he listened to it he wasn’t able to perceive anything other than his own emotional reactions,” writes Miles Hoffman in Thursday’s (4/18) New York Times....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Jacksonville Symphony

Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony has appointed COURTNEY BRYAN composer in residence for the 2018-19 season. Bryan’s residency begins this April and will include performances of her music, which ranges across jazz, gospel, spirituals, and experimental genres, throughout Jacksonville....

Artistic: Civic Orchestra of Tucson

CHARLES BONTRAGER has been named music director of the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. He will succeed Herschel Kreloff, who steps down at the end of this season after leading the orchestra for 38 years....

Artistic: Fort Wayne Philharmonic

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana has announced a one-year contract extension for Assistant Conductor CALEB YOUNG, who will serve under the new title of associate conductor starting in September....

Artistic: Windsor Symphony Orchestra

DANIEL WILEY has been appointed assistant conductor at Canada’s Windsor Symphony Orchestra, effective June 1....

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Industry Buzz

California Symphony to debut Katherine Balch’s “like a broken clock”

On May 6, the California Symphony will premiere like a broken clock by Composer in Residence Katherine Balch (pictured). Music Director Donato Cabrera will conduct the premiere, the first of three planned commissions by Balch during her three-year composer residency at the orchestra from 2017 to 2020. ...

Boston Modern Orchestra Project to focus on East Asian composers with three premieres

On April 21, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project will premiere The Legend of Cowherd and Weaver Girl by Paul De Ritis, led by Music Director Gil Rose and featuring percussionist Beibei Wang as soloist....

Houston Symphony family concerts to introduce student mariachi band, dance group

The Houston Symphony has planned an April 21 “¡Fiesta!” family program that will feature music of Latin America and introduce student mariachi and dance ensembles to Jones Hall for their first performances with the orchestra....

Rogue Valley Symphony premiere, with Native American ensemble Dancing Spirit

Oregon’s Rogue Valley Symphony will premiere How Can You Own the Sky? by area composer Ethan Gans-Morse during the final concerts of its 2017-18 season on April 21 and 22 in Medford and Grants Pass....

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Help Yourself

League awards Futures Fund grants to smaller-budget orchestras and youth orchestras

Highlighting the groundswell of innovation at smaller-budget orchestras and youth orchestras across the country, seventeen orchestras have received $30,000 American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants from the League of American Orchestras, made possible with the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. An additional five orchestras have been selected to receive seed grants of $6,000 each.... 

League and partners launch new diversity initiative: National Alliance for Audition Support

Three national organizations—the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras—have partnered to create the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), a field-wide initiative with the long-term goal of increasing diversity in American orchestras.... 

Must-see TV: Free livestream of League’s 2018 Bruno Walter Nation Conductor Preview

Catch the free livestream of the League of American Orchestra’s 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm (CDT). Six conductors will lead the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Kip Winger.... 

Livestream: SHIFT symposium on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the orchestra field

As part of the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras presented by the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts this week, ArtChangeUS is sponsoring a forum at which artists and thought leaders will examine diversity and cultural equity in orchestras and the arts. The forum takes place on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. ... 

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