Celebrating Perlman’s 70th birthday

“When Itzhak Perlman was three years old, he asked his parents for a violin because he heard one on the radio,” writes Tom Huizenga on Monday’s (8/31) National Public Radio’s Deceptive Cadence site. “A year later he contracted polio, leaving his legs paralyzed but his determination undaunted. Americans first became aware of the young Tel Aviv native when he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958 at age 13. His teacher at Juilliard, Dorothy DeLay, …

August 31, 2015
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Barenboim thwarted in plans for Tehran concert

“The conductor Daniel Barenboim’s efforts to lead the Berlin Staatskapelle at a concert in Tehran drew criticism this week from the Israeli culture minister, who called the performance anti-Israel, and a rebuff from Iranian officials, who said on Friday that…

Houston-based classical radio station goes digital-only

“Houston Public Media, which operates the University of Houston’s broadcasting properties, says it will sell the frequency and transmitter for KUHA (91.7 FM) while retaining the station’s classical music format via online streaming and an HD Radio…

Two brass students from Aspen Music Festival killed in Wyoming car crash

“Two student brass players who had recently performed in the season-finale concerts of the Aspen Music Festival died Monday night in a car crash,” states an unsigned article posted on Thursday (8/27) on the website of classical radio station WQXR. …

Obituary: California-based conductor George Cleve, 79

“George Cleve, a conductor known to New York audiences for his guest appearances with the Mostly Mozart Festival and New York City Ballet, died on Thursday at his home in Berkeley, Calif.,” writes Margalit Fox in Saturday’s (8/29) New York Times. …

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Who's In?

Administrative: Columbus Symphony

The Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of JULIANNE FISH as vice president and chief operating officer, effective September 1. She goes to the orchestra following eight years at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra....

Artistic: Nashville Symphony

VINAY PARAMESWARAN has been named to a three-year term as associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony, after serving as that orchestra’s assistant conductor since early 2014....

Artistic: Fort Worth Symphony

Three additions to the orchestra roster have been announced by the Fort Worth (Tex.) Symphony Orchestra: MOLLY NORCROSS, principal horn; KEITH WILLIAMS, principal percussion; and IVAN PETRUZZIELLO, assistant principal clarinet....

Artistic: Indianapolis Symphony

SAMUEL ROTHSTEIN has been named assistant principal clarinet/bass clarinet in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra....

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Industry Buzz

Virginia Symphony’s “Symphony Under the Stars” concerts September 1-4

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform the first of four free outdoor “Symphony Under the Stars” on September 1 at the 31st Street Stage in Virginia Beach, led by Resident Conductor Benjamin Rous. Concerts are also planned for William…

Maryland Symphony to partner with music school to offer violin classes for children

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, based in Hagerstown, is partnering with the Maryland Talent Education Center this fall to provide group violin instruction to students in grades 1 through 3. The Young Strings classes are being offered on Saturdays....

Lexington Philharmonic’s spotlight on new music continues in 2015-16

Kentucky’s Lexington Philharmonic has selected Avner Dorman as its 2015-16 Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence. Music Director Scott Terrell will lead the orchestra in the world premiere of a commissioned work by Dorman on its April 15, 2016 program....

New name, expanded services at PR firm

Christina Jensen PR, founded in 2007 by Christina Jensen, has expanded its services to offer artist management in addition to public relations. The company has changed its name to Jensen Artists.... 

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Help Yourself

New Wallace Foundation case studies on reaching arts audiences

Looking for ways to engage younger audiences or adapt to a changing community? The Wallace Foundation has released two new studies—available free of charge—that document successful strategies to connect with new arts audiences, using practices that are applicable at orchestras.

Apply Now for Paul R. Judy Center Grants for Innovative Ensembles

Proposals are being accepted through September 1 by the Paul R. Judy Center for grants for innovative ensembles ranging from $500 to $2,000. The three grant program categories are Research Support, Event Support, and New Initiative Support. Anyone from North America may apply....

Cliburn documentary “Virtuosity” to air on PBS

Christopher Wilkinson’s documentary Virtuosity, about the 30 pianists in the 2013 Cliburn Competition, will air on PBS stations on July 31 at 9pm ET. Among competitors featured in the film are Vadym Kholodenko...

Proposed New Rules on Ivory Make Allowances for Musical Instruments

On July 25, President Obama announced draft regulations that would restrict trade in African elephant ivory while allowing for travel and commerce by orchestras and musicians with certain instruments containing small…

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