Rattle’s 16-year Berlin Philharmonic tenure ends with emotional farewell concert

“Simon Rattle bowed out as the chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic this week, in an emotional farewell concert in the German capital,” writes Martin Kettle in Thursday’s (6/21) Guardian (U.K.). “In his last performance in Berlin’s Philharmonie Hall ... Rattle received the kind of loud cheering, standing ovation and bouquets of flowers from admirers that used to be reserved for opera divas....

June 24, 2018
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Seattle Symphony to build high-tech, multipurpose space, opening February 2019

“There was lots of excitement at Second Avenue and Union Street today as Seattle Symphony supporters gathered for the launch of a new $6.7 million venue at Benaroya Hall scheduled to open in February 2019,” writes Patti Payne in Wednesday’s (6/20) Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle).... 

Philly Pops taps Todd Ellison as next music director

“Michael Krajewski will step down as music director of the Philly Pops at the end of the 2018-19 season,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (6/20) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Todd Ellison, a pianist and conductor based in Manhattan with extensive experience in Broadway repertoire, will assume the titles of music director and principal conductor July 1, 2019....

Texas native Michelle Merrill, set for podium debut at Round Top Music Festival

“The Round Top Music Festival is a long-time Texas classical music tradition,” writes Catherine Lu on Wednesday (6/20) at Houston Public Media’s website....

Opera houses in Europe and the U.S., working to attract younger audiences

“Through a series of innovative efforts, European cultural institutions like La Scala and the Paris Opera are attracting a younger set,” writes Jennifer Clark in Tuesday’s (6/19) Wall Street Journal....

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Artistic: Allentown Symphony Orchestra

DIANE WITTRY has extended her contract as music director and conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for three years. Wittry is currently in her 23rd season at the helm of the Pennsylvania-based ensemble....

Artistic: Lake Forest Symphony

NICHOLAS R. MOWRY has been appointed principal viola of the Lake Forest Symphony in Illinois....

Artistic: Naples Philharmonic

Florida’s Artis—Naples arts center has appointed EMERSON MILLAR to one of the two concertmaster positions in the Naples Philharmonic. Millar will serve as co-concertmaster with Glenn Basham, Naples Philharmonic concertmaster since 1994....

Artistic: San Diego Symphony

LEA SLUSHER has been named vice president for artistic administration and audience development at the San Diego Symphony, effective August 1....

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Brevard Music Festival’s 2018 Bernstein “festival within a festival”

North Carolina’s Brevard Music Center will kick off its 2018 Leonard Bernstein centennial programming on June 24, during the opening weekend of the Brevard Music Festival, with Artistic Director Keith Lockhart conducting five of the composer’s scores for Broadway, orchestra, and ballet....

Hawaii Youth Symphony expands education programming

The Hawaii Youth Symphony recently announced it is expanding its existing music education programming and adding several new programs. Initiatives include Neighbor Island programs; music education programs in rural and under-resourced communities; and expanded artistic programs designed to attract more students locally and abroad....

Houston Symphony’s free annual Miller Theatre concerts, June 22-July 4

The Houston Symphony will perform the first of five free ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights concerts on June 22 at Miller Outdoor Theatre, with Hong Kong-born conductor Elim Chan leading Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Rubén Rengel, winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition....

Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest 2018: focus on Chinese contemporary music

This summer’s Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival will take place from June 25 to July 29 at Reed College, Portland State University, and other venues throughout the Portland, Oregon region. Highlights of programming under this year’s artistic director, clarinetist David Shifrin ...

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Music Academy of the West’s Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference, June 22

The Music Academy of the West, based in Santa Barbara, California, has announced speakers and programming for its second annual Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference on June 22, 2018. The conference addresses topical…

Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island” with Pacific Symphony on PBS, June 29

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, on June 29 PBS’s Great Performances series will broadcast the Pacific Symphony’s performance of Ellis Island: The Dream of America, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Composer Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The

Read all about it in Symphony magazine—for free

Symphony, the award-winning magazine of the League of American Orchestras, reports on the critical issues, emerging trends, and latest developments of the orchestra world. What’s in the Spring issue? Symphony examines how tech in the concert hall and crowdsourced symphonies ...

League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar: July 16-26 in Los Angeles

Thirty-four orchestra executives, administrators, musicians, students, and career changers from across the country will participate in the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management program, July 16 to 26. Directed by Los Angeles Philharmonic CEO Simon Woods ...

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