Symphonic metamorphosis: orchestral pops

“There is a fundamental challenge facing pops orchestras and series,” writes Brian Wise in Thursday’s (8/25) New York Times. “As music directors and administrators try various approaches to connect with new audiences … are they abandoning the large repertory that drew many listeners in the first place?” Examples include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which the Boston Pops has…

August 28, 2016
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Bernadette Peters on San Diego Symphony, Broadway, “Mozart in the Jungle”

“Bernadette Peters knows a little something about symphonies: She's been singing with them for years, and she now stars in the Amazon series ‘Mozart in the Jungle,’ a dramedy set amid the operations of a fictional orchestra,” writes James Hebert in…

Jessica Lee appointed Cleveland Orchestra’s assistant concertmaster

“There soon will be a new face near the front of the Cleveland Orchestra,” writes Zachary Lewis in Tuesday’s (8/23) Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH). “On Tuesday, the group announced the appointment of violinist Jessica Lee as assistant concertmaster, …

Herb Alpert Foundation gives $10.1m for free music tuition at L.A. City College

“Trumpeter Herb Alpert, known for his unique brand of Latin-tinged jazz pop, and for being a co-founder of A&M Records, a label that released key albums by artists from Cat Stevens to Janet Jackson, is now making his mark on education,” writes…

Review: Minnesota Orchestra in Scotland, with Sibelius and Beethoven

In Wednesday’s (8/24) Guardian (London), Kate Molleson reviews the Minnesota Orchestra’s August 23 performance in Edinburgh, Scotland, during their European tour this week. “That plush, super-charged Minnesota sound is back with a new edge of…

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Board Leadership: Virginia Symphony

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, based in Hampton Roads, has announced that PATRICK B. McDERMOTT will serve as chair for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2016. A member of the VSO board since 2012, and vice-chair during the 2015-16 season, …

Artistic: Long Beach Symphony

California’s Long Beach Symphony has appointed ECKART PREU to a three-year term as music director, effective with the 2017-18 season. He will serve as music director designate in 2016-17....

Artistic: Kalamazoo Symphony

The Kalamazoo (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra has promoted DANIEL BRIER to resident conductor; he was previously the orchestra’s assistant conductor, a post to which he was named in 2014....

Administrative: Utah Symphony ǀ Utah Opera

Utah Symphony ǀ Utah Opera has announced the appointment of WALT ZESCHIN as director of orchestra personnel....

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Happy Labor Day!

The Hub will take a brief hiatus from August 29 to September 5. We will be back in full swing on Tuesday, September 6.

Virginia Symphony to perform five free “under the stars” concerts

The Virginia Symphony’s “Symphony Under the Stars” annual series of free outdoor concerts will begin on August 31 with Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous leading a program at Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe, the first of five concerts over Labor Day weekend....

On the waterfront: Oregon Symphony’s 120th season

The Oregon Symphony will kick off its 120th season on September 1 with an 8pm concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar and Associate Conductor Norman Huynh....

Lake George Music Festival to feature electronica duo Mako

The Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York has added a “Sounds of our Time” concert series this summer, created by Roger Kalia, the festival’s music director and co-founder. The series explores connections that cross musical genres....

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New Music Gathering accepting proposals for next conference

The deadline is October 1, 2016 to submit proposals for the third annual New Music Gathering, a three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support, and creation of new concert music....

Call for applications: Music Alive composer-orchestra residencies

The deadline is September 30 for orchestras to submit letters of intent for composer-orchestra residencies through Music Alive, a joint program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The three-year residencies begin during the 2016-17…

“Taking Out the Guesswork” Conference video now online!

Nearly 1,000 orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League's 71st National Conference this June, and one of the highlights was Taking Out the Guesswork: Using Research to Build Arts Audiences, a session led by marketing and research expert Bob Harlow....

Now posted: August edition of Technology News of Note

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....

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