Matthew Aucoin to curate San Diego Symphony’s “Hearing the Future” festival

“You can expect dizzying feats of derring-do when the San Diego Symphony stages its fourth annual monthlong festival in January,” writes George Varga in Sunday’s (9/23) San Diego Union Tribune. “ ‘Hearing the Future’ will feature more than two dozen performances and events…. They range from symphony music director designate Rafael Payare, 38 … to trumpeter Stephanie Richards, 33, and …

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At Pittsburgh Symphony, two-year contract extension for Honeck, plus challenge grant funding

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that music director Manfred Honeck has extended his contract two more years, through the 2021-22 season,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Tuesday’s (9/25) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette....

Conrad Tao on his New York Philharmonic commission, “Everything Must Go”

“Twenty-four-year-old pianist-composer Conrad Tao is no stranger to major orchestra audiences worldwide,” writes Don Clark in Wednesday’s (9/19) icareifyoulisten.com....

New England Conservatory’s Laurence Lesser, at 80

Cellist Laurence Lesser, New England Conservatory’s president from 1983 to 1996, “now functions as a guiding spirit and keeper of some of the conservatory’s institutional memory,” writes David Weininger in Sunday’s (9/23) Boston Globe....

Review: Gemma New, first woman to lead St. Louis Symphony’s season-opener at Powell Hall

“The opening night of a new season by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra should be a special occasion, filled with great music-making and the occasional surprise. Saturday night at Powell Symphony Hall was all that,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Sunday’s (9/23) St. Louis Post-Dispatch....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

WILLIAM WELTER has been named principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Welter had appeared with the CSO as guest principal oboe under Music Director Riccardo Muti in March and June of 2018 before being selected for the position in June 2018....

Artistic: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

The Columbus, Ohio-based ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has appointed STEPHANIE BLAHA as principal horn and ILYA SHTERENBERG as principal clarinet, effective with the start of the current season....

Artistic: Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony has named NOAH GELLER as concertmaster and JAMES BENOIT as principal timpani...

Artistic: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has appointed three principal musicians: CHRISTOPHER PELL as principal clarinet, CHRISTOPHER SALES as principal bassoon, and ROBERT SULLIVAN as principal trumpet...

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Industry Buzz

Delaware Symphony to honor composer Robert Paterson at start of 2018-19 season

On September 28, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will present composer Robert Paterson (in photo) with the orchestra’s 2018-19 A.I. du Pont Composer’s Award during its opening concert at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. The annual award recognizes a distinguished living American composer or conductor ...

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s “Migrations” season, from Africa to the Americas

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s 2018-19 season will open on October 7 with a program featuring Fela Sowande’s African Suite for String Orchestra and two works by Tunde Jegede: Interlude for solo kora, and Cycle of Reckoning for Kora and Chamber Orchestra, with the composer as soloist....

Florida Orchestra expands school partnerships, teaching activities

The Florida Orchestra has announced several changes to augment its education programs. For its free youth concerts and music classes in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties, the orchestra worked with Tampa Bay teachers to develop a 44-page teacher guide ...

Chicago Sinfonietta’s “I.D. Images of Diversity” to spotlight immigrant experience

The Chicago Sinfonietta will open its 2018-19 season with a program entitled “I.D. Images of Diversity,” showcasing the immigrant experience in America. Music Director Mei-Ann Chen will lead Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody...

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Help Yourself

Paul R. Judy Center now accepting grant proposals focusing on innovative ensembles

Proposals are being accepted through October 1, 2018 by the Paul R. Judy Center for grants for research and projects related to innovative ensembles. The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research is a division of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music....

Make an Impact: Share Your Content Proposals for League’s 2019 National Conference

The League of American Orchestras invites its members to contribute ideas and provide input on what’s most interesting, pressing, and important to you for the 2019 National Conference, June 3-5, 2019....

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy now accepting applications for performance grants

The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is currently accepting 2018 WPA Performance Grant applications from U.S.-based orchestras and ensembles. This funding, available to professional, community, and student orchestras, can be used to support performances

New documentary celebrates Blossom Music Center’s 50th anniversary

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and a venue for country, hip-hop, pop, and rock musicians, a new documentary from Ideastream traces the history of the outdoor music site and showcases concert highlights....

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