New audiences head to Blossom to hear Cleveland Orchestra

“Blossom Music Center was the place to be last weekend, especially for burgeoning fans of classical music and the Cleveland Orchestra,” writes Zachary Lewis in Tuesday’s (7/22) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “Thousands, most of them new to the group, attended Sunday’s concert without charge, courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation, while both nights...

July 25, 2014
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Houston arts groups embrace social media

In Wednesday’s (7/23) Houston Chronicle (password-protected), Steven Brown reports that “Houston cultural groups marshal social media and other fruits of the Internet to spur creativity, engage their audiences and expand their reach.…

Texas summer camp—with strings

“Orchestral students are generating glissandos and doling out ditties, dolcissimo, for a different kind of summer camp,” writes Lana Sweeten-Shults in Wednesday’s (7/23) Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas). “Since 2010, the Wichita Falls Youth...

German and British orchestras unite for WWI commemoration

“Simon Rattle has conducted an unprecedented collaboration of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded for a multinational First World War event near Mons in Belgium to be attended by [British Prime Minister] David Cameron and members...

Obituary: Norman Leyden, pops conductor, composer, and arranger, 96

“For 34 years, Norman Leyden put Portland in the mood with the songs that defined American culture between 1935 and 1950. The city’s king of swing died Wednesday, ending a sentimental journey with local pops audiences and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra...

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Who's In?

Administrative: Symphony of Southeast Texas

DOUGLAS J. FAIR has been named executive director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, based in Beaumont. He was previously a development consultant to the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra in Brunswick, Maine. Before that, Fair served...

Administrative: Reno Chamber Orchestra

The Reno Chamber Orchestra has appointed BRYAN WILDMAN office and ticket manager. He served as manager of Reno’s Artown Festival from 2006 to 2013, and more recently worked as development director of the SPCA of Northern Nevada...

Administrative: New West Symphony

The New West Symphony, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, has appointed ALEXANDER (“SASHA”) GUREVICH general manager. He served most recently as an artist manager for Jonathan Wentworth Associates Ltd. in New York City....

Administrative: Fort Wayne Philharmonic

JIM MANCUSO has been named general manager of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic....

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Industry Buzz

Seattle Symphony’s “Celebrate Asia” Composition Competition

The deadline is October 3 to enter the Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition. The competition, launched in 2008, seeks to recognize emerging composers interested in Asian culture, music, and traditions. Works should be...

Documentary film about music and memory loss hits U.S. theaters

The documentary Alive Inside, winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, is being screened at movie theaters and film festivals throughout the U.S. this summer. The film chronicles efforts in healthcare facilities to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss....

Bridgehampton festival’s 2014 season: world premieres and museum partnership

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, has announced twelve concerts for its 31st season, which will run from July 30 to August 24....

Port Angeles Symphony releases its first wine

The Port Angeles Symphony, located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, has partnered with a local winery to create its first wine, “Rhapsody in Red.”...

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Help Yourself

Free eBook! “Engaging Your Board in Fundraising”

A BoardSource eBook

Studies show that board member participation in fundraising is considered to be inadequate by executive directors and board members alike, so it’s important to look at what is keeping staff members from being more successful at engaging board members in fundraising.

New! SoundWaves in “Symphony”

Beginning with its fall issue, Symphony magazine will introduce SoundWaves, a new advertising section in which readers can find out about new and historic recordings. SoundWaves will feature four ads per page at an introductory price of $350 for a ¼ page color ad....

Live Webinar: Applying for the League’s Getty Education and Community Investment Grants

July 16, 2014 from 12-1 pm EST

The League is offering a free webinar to introduce the third round of its Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. These one-year grants…

Volunteers’ Gold Book Project of the Month

Orchestra volunteers: Need to raise a quick $20,000? Looking for a unique fundraising event? Get out the checkered tablecloths and bibs and have a Lobster Fest Picnic!

Here’s how the Oklahoma City Orchestra League does it ... 

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