James Levine returns to Ravinia Festival, conducting CSO in Mahler 2

“The Ravinia Festival’s gala on Saturday turned out to be an even more wildly theatrical event on all fronts than its planners could have imagined,” writes Hedy Weiss in Sunday’s (7/24) Chicago Sun-Times. “First came the deluge, a torrential thunderstorm that flooded the lawn. This was the most anticipated concert of the summer season....

July 25, 2016
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At Tanglewood, musician moves from stage crew to TMC Orchestra

“Miles Salerni, a 25-year-old percussionist who spent the past two summers working here on the Tanglewood stage crew while trying to get his break … finally found himself onstage this month playing ‘Siegfried’s Rhine Journey,’ from Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,’ as a fellow in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra,” writes Michael Cooper in Monday’s (7/25) New York Times....

South Carolina’s Greenville Symphony announces 2016-17 season

“The Greenville Symphony Orchestra led by music director and conductor Edvard Tchivzhel recently announced its upcoming 2016-17 concert season,” states an unsigned story in Monday’s (7/25) Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, S.C.)....

Opinion: great living composers are all around us

“Last week, the English music critic Philip Clark took to the pages of the Guardian newspaper to bemoan the state of contemporary music in his native land,” writes Joshua Kosman in Monday’s (7/25) San Francisco Chronicle. “Clark itemized the swift recent decline of musical civilization….

Women Conductors program to partner with U.K.’s Royal Philharmonic

“The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced a new partnership with Women Conductors, which holds a series of two-day workshops throughout the year across the U.K.,” reports Keith Clarke in Friday’s (7/22) MusicalAmerica.com.... 

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Artistic: Rhode Island Philharmonic

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (Providence, R.I.) has announced that for the 2016-17 school year AARON W. BUSH will direct the Youth Wind Ensemble, which serves middle- and high-school students in the RIPYWE program. Since…

Administrative: North Carolina Symphony

MEREDITH KIMBALL LAING has been named director of communications at the Raleigh-based North Carolina Symphony. She goes to the NCS from New York City, where she was communications manager for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Prior to St. Luke’s, …

Administrative: Ann Arbor Symphony

Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony has named JENNIFER BALCH HALE director of development and donor services. She begins her duties August 1, 2016. Hale was most recently development director at Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti, Mich.-based organization…

Artistic: Midland-Odessa Symphony

Three new principal musicians have been announced by the Midland-Odessa (Tex.) Symphony and Chorale: NICHOLAS CONN, principal trombone; KATHERINE VELASQUEZ, principal flute; and ERIN WEBER, principal second violin. All three will join the…

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Broadway musicians honor Bastille Day attack victims with Times Square performance

One week after the Bastille Day tragedy in Nice, France, Broadway musicians and other NYC professional musicians gathered to play French anthems in Times Square. On Thursday, July 21 under the George M. Cohan statue....

Buffalo Philharmonic forms diversity council

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is forming a diversity council, to be co-chaired by Otis N. Glover of Buffalo Employment and Training Center and Rev. Melody Rutherford of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Cheektowaga Baptist Church. The diversity council…

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas gets grants for education work, musician compensation

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, based in Fayetteville, has received three grants totaling more than $300,000 for education and other programs at the orchestra....

Ann Arbor Symphony heads to the farmers market

This summer, Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is again performing free concerts at local farmers markets. The series launched on July 17....

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Check out the League’s Conference photo album

Nearly 1,000 orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League of American Orchestras’ 71st National Conference, June 9-11, 2016....

July edition of Technology News of Note now posted

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the electronic media activities that orchestras use.... 

Happening now: League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management program

Thirty-one participants from across the country and beyond are currently experiencing the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management program in Los Angeles....

New Wallace case study on building arts audiences

The Wallace Foundation has released Converting Family into Fans: How the Contemporary Jewish Museum Expanded its Reach, a case study analyzing the strategies used by San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum to broaden its audience and engage families of diverse backgrounds....

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