Houston Symphony’s Orozco-Estrada, transforming the concert experience

“Andrés Orozco-Estrada moves like a 13-year-old at an arcade, with the podium as his personal ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ machine,” writes Wei-Huan Chen in Friday’s (10/12) Houston Chronicle. “He jumps…. His eyebrows shoot upward…. The maestro of the Houston Symphony is conducting the climax of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ symphony during a recent Sunday afternoon ...

October 17, 2018
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Chicago Symphony reports increased ticket sales and free performances, lower operating deficit for 2017-18

“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association's ticket sales rose $1.1 million for the 2017-18 season, even as the institution faced an operating deficit of $900,000 during that period,” writes Howard Reich in Wednesday’s (10/17) Chicago Tribune....

Orchestrating change with the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship

“The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) … radically upends the standard assumptions about majority-white institutions… to bring musical opportunities to aspiring musicians in underserved communities,” writes Brian Marks in last Wednesday’s (10/10) Argonaut Weekly (Los Angeles)....

Taiwan’s mammoth new arts center, Weiwuying, opens

“On October 11, a ceremony and concert inaugurated the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) located in the international port city of southern Taiwan,” writes Anthony Brown in Monday’s (10/15) MusicalAmerica.com.... 

Review: Minnesota Orchestra performs first concert on Northrop Auditorium’s restored organ

“Seven years ago, the Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Northrop auditorium was taken apart and put in storage on the University of Minnesota campus,” writes Terry Blain in Monday’s (10/15) Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul)....

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Who's In?

Administrative: Cape Symphony and Conservatory

Cape Symphony and Conservatory in Hyannis, Massachusetts, has appointed KYLE SPRAKER as director of community outreach and education. Spraker is principal trumpet for the Cape Symphony and a teaching artist for brass and woodwinds at Cape Conservatory and Nantucket Music Center....

Artistic: El Paso Symphony Orchestra

LAURA COLGATE has joined the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster....

Administrative: ROCmusic

ROCmusic, a collaborative arts-outreach program in Rochester, New York that engages children and their families in making and appreciating classical music, has appointed ARMAND HALL as director....

Artistic: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

STANISLAV CHERNYSHEV has been appointed principal clarinet at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas....

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Industry Buzz

Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra to perform in Harlem crypt

Five musicians from Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) will travel to New York City to perform on October 18 in the crypt of Harlem’s Church of the Intercession. The concert will feature oboist Alecia Lawyer, ROCO’s founder, with Nathan Williams (clarinet), Kristin Wolfe Jenson (bassoon), Scott St. John (violin), and Kevin Lau (piano)....

Northwest Symphony program to celebrate state’s national parks

On October 19 and 24, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Washington State will perform concerts marking the 25th anniversary of Washington’s National Park Fund. Music Director Anthony Spain will conduct both concerts ...

BMOP to open season with music by Lash, Mackey, and Meltzer

Boston Modern Orchestra Project will open its 2018-19 season at Jordan Hall on October 19 with recent works by American composers Steven Mackey, Hannah Lash, and Harold Meltzer, led by Artistic Director Gil Rose....

Chicago Latino Music Festival, Oct. 17-Nov. 18

The thirteenth annual Chicago Latino Music Festival will take place from October 17 to November 18 at venues throughout the city. The festival showcases classical music and celebrates Spanish and Latin American composers from the colonial period to today...

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Help Yourself

National Alliance for Audition Support events for Black and Latinx musicians

The National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), a national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras, has announced three upcoming opportunities for Black and Latinx musicians: two NAAS Audition Intensives in December, and the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions in January....

El Sistema USA 2019 National Symposium, January 30-31

El Sistema USA, which works to support programs inspired by El Sistema to effect social change through music for underserved children, has announced the dates and programming for its 2019 National Symposium....

League of American Orchestras names participants for 2018-19 Emerging Leaders Program

Twelve orchestra professionals will participate in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program, the field’s prime source for identifying and cultivating the leadership potential of talented orchestra professionals....

Preventing Sexual Harassment

The League of American Orchestras encourages its members to follow best practices in preventing sexual misconduct and in responding to claims. Toward this end, the League has posted resources for…

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