Contract agreement for Nashville Symphony musicians

“The Nashville Symphony and the musicians’ union have reached agreement on a long-term pact that will mean raises for the musicians,” reports Nate Rau in Monday’s (9/22) Tennessean. “The Symphony announced the four-year agreement with the Nashville Musicians Association in a press release on Monday evening. The agreement, which goes into effect immediately, provides ...

September 23, 2014
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Atlanta Symphony cancels first seven weeks of season

“The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it will delay the opening of its 70th anniversary season … starting with Thursday night’s concert featuring pianist Jeremy Denk,” writes Jenny Jarvie in Monday’s (9/22) Atlanta Journal-Constitution....

Sinfonietta collaborates with punk marching band

“It’s a battle royale when the classically trained Chicago Sinfonietta goes head-to-head—or violin to electric guitar—with the avant-garde Mucca Pazza,” writes Annie Alleman in Friday’s (9/19) Chicago Sun-Times....

Baltimore Symphony trumpeter launches orchestra “think tank”

In Saturday’s (9/20) Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith writes that Andrew Balio, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet, has organized a two-day institute “to be held next weekend at the University of Baltimore….

Boise Philharmonic music director lends a hand at Boise Baroque season launch

In Thursday’s (9/18) Idaho Statesman, Dana Oland writes, “Boise Baroque Orchestra artistic director Dan Stern suffered a stroke in early August. He’s now in recovery, and he’ll share the podium this weekend with Boise Philharmonic music director Robert Franz for...

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Who's In?

Administrative: Milwaukee Symphony

IAN HARWOOD has been named vice president and chief operating officer of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Also announced by the MSO were two promotions: ISAAC THOMPSON from director of artistic planning to vice president of artistic planning, and SARAH HOGAN from director of marketing to senior director of marketing and technology. ...

Artistic: Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony has announced four additions to its musician roster, effective this fall: BENJAMIN LULICH, principal clarinet; MARY LYNCH, principal oboe; JOY PAYTON-STEVENS, cello; and JAMES ROSS, assistant principal trumpet. Also announced was the appointment of WESLEY SCHULTZ as conducting fellow....

Artistic: Toronto Symphony

At the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, STEVEN WOOMERT has been named associate principal trumpet. AMY ZOLOTO joins the orchestra for her first full season as clarinet and bass clarinet....

Administrative: Detroit Symphony

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has promoted SCOTT HARRISON to vice president for advancement and external relations....

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Industry Buzz

New contract at Lexington Philharmonic

In Kentucky, management and musicians of the Lexington Philharmonic have ratified a new contract that runs through June 30, 2018, following negotiations that began in April and continued following the expiration of the previous contract on June 30, 2014....

Philadelphia Orchestra performance at U.N. tonight to be webcast

This evening, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the choristers of the Philadelphia Singers at a performance being held at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York....

Positive box-office news from Lake Tahoe SummerFest

In Nevada, the Lake Tahoe SummerFest reports that it concluded its third season in 2014 with a 7 percent increase in ticket sales and an increase of more than 60 percent in season subscriptions....

Didgeridoo: featured instrument at Reno Chamber Orchestra’s season-opener

The Reno Chamber Orchestra and didgeridoo player William Barton will perform Barton’s Birdsong at Dusk at the orchestra’s season-opening concert...

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Application deadlines announced for EarShot composer readings

“The American Composers Orchestra has announced its deadline for all EarShot submissions for the 2014-15 season,” writes Ian Holubiak in Friday’s (9/19) Classicalite website. “Various reading opportunities are available for emerging composers for the upcoming season with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Modern Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony and the ACO’s own Underwood New Music Readings and Commission.... 

Panel discussion on engaging new audiences to be live-streamed

On Wednesday, October 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, the Wallace Foundation will host a panel discussion on innovative practices in building arts audiences. Joining moderator Kurt Andersen, host of Public Radio International’s Studio 360, will be Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts... 

Composers: 2015 Rome Prize applications now being accepted

The American Academy in Rome is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Rome Prize fellowships. The Rome Prize is awarded annually to about thirty candidates in the arts, including musical composition, selected by a jury of distinguished peers through a national competition. Winners are invited to Rome...

Volunteers’ Gold Book Project of the Month: The Run for Music

In its fourth year, The Run for Music has grown into a very successful fundraiser for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and its youth music-education programs. In partnership with the local running club, Gulf Coast Runners...

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