Miami Symphony, adapting and changing with the times

“If you hear the words symphonic orchestra, I’m pretty sure parrots, flashy shoes, and Blues or Salsa rhythms are not likely to come to mind,” writes Erick Lappin on Sunday (3/1) at Voxxi.com (Miami). “For the last nine years, under the lead of conductor Eduardo Marturet, the Miami Symphony Orchestra has pushed the boundaries of symphonic music as part of an innovative programming philosophy …

March 05, 2015
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San Francisco Symphony’s 2015-16 season: Schumann, premieres, SoundBox, Europe tour

“The San Francisco Symphony’s 2015-16 season will see Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas plunge into the music of Robert Schumann, recording all four of the composer’s symphonies for a new release on the SFS Media label,” writes Joshua Kosman in Tuesday’s (3/3) San Francisco Chronicle....

National Symphony and Kennedy Center outline 2015-16 plans

In Tuesday’s (3/3) Washington Post, Peggy McGlone writes that the Kennedy Center’s 2015-16 season “will open its 2015-2016 season with a week-long festival called ‘Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media’ …

Has Mirga-mania begun?

“When a young conductor wows, as a 28-year-old newly appointed Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor did at her Hollywood Bowl debut last August, it’s big news,” writes Mark Swed in Monday’s (3/2) Los Angeles Times. “Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s reward...

Houston Chronicle and Mercury News drop classical music critics

“Classical music in America has lost two more staff classical music critics,” writes Susan Elliott at MusicalAmerica.com on Tuesday (3/3)....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Auckland Philharmonia

New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia has announced the appointment of Italian-Danish conductor GIORDANO BELLINCAMPI as music director. His three-year contract commences with the 2016 season...

Artistic: New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic has announced the appointment of JOSHUA GERSEN as assistant conductor, effective in September 2015. He joins Courtney Lewis, who was named assistant conductor in September 2014 and continues…

Artistic: Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony Associate Conductor ROBERT FRANZ has signed a contract extending his tenure in that post through the 2016-17 season. Responsible for leading most of the orchestra’s education, community, and family concerts, …

Administrative: San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony has announced the appointment of KATY McDONALD to the newly created post of chief of staff, effective March 16. She has served as deputy director of external affairs at the San Diego Museum of Art since 2006....

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Industry Buzz

Talcott Mountain Music Festival to celebrate 20th season in 2015

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival, summer home of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, will mark its 20th summer this season at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows in Simsbury, Connecticut. The first of five programs, on June 26, will feature the Mambo Kings in Latin jazz music...

Pittsburgh Symphony to spotlight emerging composers in music readings

The works of four emerging composers will be performed on March 21, when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra holds its eleventh annual reading of new music at Heinz Hall. Resident Conductors Fawzi Haimor and Lawrence Loh will lead...

Musician-led benefit for cancer research in Dallas

In Dallas, musicians have joined together for CancerBlows, a concert and fundraiser organized to honor Ryan Anthony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet and a former Canadian Brass member, while raising money for cancer research....

Maryland Symphony to mark Civil War anniversary with “Brothers on the Battlefield”

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Rodney Marsalis's Philadelphia Big Brass Band will perform joint concerts on March 14 and 15, marking the 150 years since the end of the American Civil War. The “Brothers on the Battlefield” program at the…

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Help Yourself

League Launches Orchestra Governance Center

Seven Orchestras Receive 2014-15 Governance Center Grants

The League of American Orchestras has launched an Orchestra Governance Center, offering a comprehensive range of support, strategies, and programs designed to strengthen governance practice in orchestras. Newly developed regional seminars for board chairs, orchestra CEOs, and development staff.... 

Arts Administrators Track at Baltimore Symphony Academy Week

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced the sixth annual BSO Academy Week. From Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, June 27, instrumentalists from across the country are invited to rehearse and perform side-by-side with BSO musicians under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop in an intensive music “fantasy camp.” ...

The League announces Orchestras Feeding America 2015

Food banks in America provide service to 46.5 million people in need across the country, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Orchestras that participate in the Orchestras Feeding America campaign help those in need by providing urgently needed assistance to…

League Initiative Supporting Women Composers Renewed For 2015

American Composers Orchestra and New York Philharmonic to Premiere Works by 2014 Commission Recipients

The League of American Orchestras’ program supporting women composers will be renewed for a second year, the League and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, announced today.... 

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