Why tour? For the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, lots of reasons

In Thursday’s (10/30) Chicago Tribune, Mark Caro and John von Rhein write from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s current European tour, “The term ‘cultural ambassadors’ is heard often when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra travels the world.… The notion is that the orchestra is building bridges, making connections, drawing together a diversity of people through music.…

November 01, 2014
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Detroit Symphony appoints Wei Yu principal cello

“Wei Yu, 34, a section cellist with the New York Philharmonic since 2007, has been appointed principal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” writes Mark Stryker in Wednesday’s (10/29) Detroit Free Press....

At Sphinx’s Carnegie concert, an inventive tribute to “Star-Spangled Banner”

In Friday’s (10/31) New York Times, Anthony Tommasini writes that composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery has written a tribute to the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a work commissioned by the Sphinx Organization...

Everett marks 10 seasons at head of Bemidji Symphony

In Thursday’s (10/30) Bemidji Pioneer (Minnesota), Patt Rall profiles Beverly Everett as she heads into her tenth season as music director of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra....

WildUp, spreading its brand of orchestra innovation throughout L.A.

In Thursday’s (10/30) Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed writes that four years ago, the L.A.-based wild Up “was a collective of anything-goes young musicians” known for “playing in funky clubs in Echo Park, reinventing orchestra concerts for millennials….

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Board Leadership: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has announced that DANA NEWMAN has been named president of the Board of Directors. She succeeds GENE SHUTLER, who assumes the title of chairman of the board...

Artistic: Buffalo Philharmonic

LINDA GREENE has been appointed second flute at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra following a three-day audition process that included more than 100 candidates....

Administrative: Pasadena Symphony

The Pasadena Symphony Association, comprising the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, has named LORA UNGER chief executive officer, effective November 1. Since 2009 she has served as the organization’s general manager, and more recently as its chief operating officer....

Administrative: Arts Consulting Group

Arts Consulting Group Inc. has announced the appointment of DALE C. HEDDING as vice president. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Hedding goes to ACG from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he had served as vice president of development since 2007....

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Industry Buzz

Astronaut to join Firelands Symphony for its NASA-themed concert

In Ohio, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra will perform “Stars and Stripes—A Tribute to NASA” on November 9, featuring selections from Apollo 13, The Jetsons, and Star Wars, among others. The concert is a collaboration with the Cleveland/Sandusky-based NASA Glenn Research Center...

David Zinman to lead conducting institute at National Arts Centre in Ottawa

Emerging conductors may apply now through November 10 for a three-day conducting workshop at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, led by David Zinman. The workshop, to be held from January 24-26, 2015, is designed for young conductors at…

Des Moines Symphony and local partners join for “Four Seasons Project”

The Des Moines Symphony has announced a nine-month multidisciplinary collaboration called The Four Seasons Project with the Des Moines Symphony Academy, the Pointe Academy of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, the Science Center of Iowa, and the Des Moines Art Center....

New documentary tracks students in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program

The feature-length documentary Some Kind of Spark will have its inaugural screening on November 16 at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City, during the DOC NYC documentary film festival. Some Kind of Spark follows six students aged 8 to 12 who are enrolled...

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Help Yourself

Tune in: NEA to host creative placemaking event

On November 3, the National Endowment for the Arts will host a full-day meeting on the role of the performing arts in transforming communities. With support from ArtPlace America, Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place is designed to cultivate a better understanding of how performance-based organizations and artists transform places through their artistic practices....

Regional arts in healthcare symposium

Registration is now open for “Arts in Health: Patients, Providers and the Community,” a symposium being held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on November 16 and 17. The symposium—featuring individual presentations, workshops and panel discussions, and speakers from…

Link Up: Partner with Carnegie Hall

Informational Webinar November 4

The League of American Orchestras will host a webinar on November 4 for organizations interested in learning more about Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, which introduces students in grades 3–5 to the orchestra through an interactive educational curriculum and culminating concerts....

The new issue of Symphony magazine is available online now!

In the fall issue, we unpack the multiple meanings of the Seattle Symphony’s remix of “Baby Got Back” with rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, offer the latest updates on how to cope with the new regulations that are designed to thwart illegal trade in elephant ivory...

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