Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, adding collaborators—and concertgoers

“The first official performance in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series was by Laurie Anderson in November 2012,” writes Britt Robson in Saturday’s (10/14) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “Liquid Music will kick off its sixth season Saturday with a world premiere co-commissioned with the Walker Art Center and New York’s Jazz Gallery....

October 21, 2017
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Rei Hotoda on becoming a conductor

“ ‘I guess you could say this program really sums who I am up as a musician,’ says pianist and conductor Rei Hotoda, who, along with five other finalists, is vying for the position of Asheville Symphony Orchestra Music Director,” writes Alli Marshall in Wednesday’s (10/11) Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)....

Columbus Symphony to perform Caroline Shaw’s “Lo,” with composer as solo violinist

“In recent years, Caroline Shaw has broadened her musical palette,” writes Peter Tonguette in Thursday’s (10/19) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)....

Gyorgy Ligeti, focus of six-month music series in Chicago

“If the name Gyorgy Ligeti doesn’t ring an immediate bell in the minds of local classical music buffs … a major series of events at the University of Chicago over the next six months could well upend that situation,” writes John von Rhein in Wednesday’s (10/18) Chicago Tribune....

Obituary: Philanthropist Helen DeVos, 90

“The DeVos family has announced the death of Helen DeVos, a philanthropist and the wife of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos,” reads an unsigned obituary on Thursday (10/19) at television station WZZM 13 (Grand Rapids, MI)....

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Who's In?

Artistic and Administrative: San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony has announced the appointment of MARIA CECILIA ARAUJO as vice president of education and community engagement, and CLEMENT SO as director of artistic planning. In addition, the orchestra announced that AURELIE DESMARAIS is serving as a consultant in the role of senior advisor in the artistic planning department.... 

Artistic: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has appointed seven new musicians for the 2017-18 season: JULIANNE LEE, principal second violin; MADELINE SHARP, viola; ANTHONY GEORGESON, associate principal bassoon; SISSI YUQING ZHANG, violin; JOSEPH PETRASEK, principal percussion; MICHAEL STUBBART, percussion; and THOMAS CARPENTER, cello....

Artistic: Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The Boise Philharmonic Association has appointed JENNIFER DRAKE interim music director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the 2017-18 season....

Administrative: Cape Arts and Entertainment

Cape Arts and Entertainment, the parent organization of the Cape Symphony and Conservatory in Massachusetts, has appointed JONATHAN KALEDIN president and CEO, effective October 16....

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Industry Buzz

Pennsylvania’s Johnstown Symphony to perform in closed steel mill

On October 20, Pennsylvania’s Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at the Cambria Iron Lower Works in Johnstown, which at the height of the steel industry era spread out over thirteen miles along the Conemaugh, Little Conemaugh, and Stonycreek rivers, before closing in 1992....

Florida Orchestra’s 2017-18 radio broadcasts begin October 19

The Florida Orchestra’s first radio broadcast of the 2017-18 season will air on October 19 on WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 FM and online at wusf.usf.edu, through the orchestra’s new partnership with WUSF Public Media and Classical WSMR radio....

Allentown Symphony partners with sound sculptor, composer, museum for world premiere

On November 4, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania will perform the world premiere of Doug Ovens’s Visible Music for Bertoia Sound Sculptures and Orchestra, led by Music Director Diane Wittry....

Charleston’s Colour of Music Festival, October 18-22

The fifth annual Colour of Music Festival, spotlighting black composers and musicians through performances and discussions, will take place in venues throughout Charleston, South Carolina from October 18 to 22....

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Help Yourself

New World Symphony to live-stream premiere of crowdsourced work

Project 305, a nearly yearlong project to crowdsource a symphony and accompanying film about Miami by its residents, will culminate in a free concert celebrating the diversity of Miami-Dade County on Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida....

Southwest Florida Symphony to hold Hurricane Irma relief benefit concert

The Southwest Florida Symphony and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers will hold a Hurricane Irma Relief Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Art Center....

Juilliard offers free live-streams of master classes with Nézet-Séguin, Perahia, Schiff, and DiDonato

The Juilliard School will present a series of free, live-streamed master classes this season with pianist Murray Perahia on Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. (Eastern time); pianist András Schiff on Monday, October 16 at 4 p.m.; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on Tuesday, October 17 at 4 p.m.; and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 4 p.m....

ICSOM works to assist musicians of Puerto Rico Symphony affected by Hurricane Maria

The International Conference of Symphony and Orchestra Musicians (ICSOM) has launched a fundraising drive to help the musicians of the Puerto Rico Symphony, who have experienced severe hardship due to Hurricane Maria in September. “News reports of the…

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