Official 2018 White House budget released, with expected proposal to eliminate the NEA

“Donald Trump’s much-anticipated 2018 budget proposes steep cuts to domestic programs—including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” writes Eileen Kinsella in Tuesday’s (5/23) artnetnews.com. “According to an outline of the budget released last night, the proposal reiterates ...

May 24, 2017
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Classical Revolution RVA, founded by Richmond Symphony violinist

On a recent Sunday at Flora, a Mexican restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, patrons “nibbled on chicharrones (fried pork skins) and tamales in banana leaves and sipped velvety smooth drinks from colorful vessels. As they did, members of Classical Revolution RVA got to work,” writes Holly Prestidge in Saturday’s (5/20) Richmond Times-Dispatch....

Spoleto Festival “Music in Time” series focusing on contemporary music

“Spoleto's Music In Time series is best known for boasting a healthy dose of contemporary classical music—and this year is no different,” writes Matt Dobie in Wednesday’s (5/24) Charleston City Paper (S.C.)....

Detroit Symphony plans to sell Orchestra Place building

“Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services Inc. plans to purchase the Orchestra Place office building at Woodward Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit’s Midtown,” writes Kirk Pinho in Tuesday’s (5/23) Crain’s Detroit Business....

CSO MusicNOW 2017-18: multimedia work about Joan of Arc, plus Salonen and Iyer

“The Chicago Symphony’s new music series will mark its 20th anniversary next season with four concerts that look to its past as well as the present,” writes John von Rhein in Wednesday’s (5/24) Chicago Tribune....

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Artistic: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has announced a two-year contract extension for DONALD RUNNICLES as principal guest conductor through the 2018-19 season....

Administrative: Austin Symphony Orchestra

The Austin Symphony Orchestra in Texas has appointed ERIN WIEGERT as development associate/major gifts officer....

Administrative: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

AMY ADKINS will step down as president of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in July, after six years in the position, to become president of the All Saints Health Foundation in Fort Worth....

Administrative: East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra

The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra appointed MATHEW MILLER executive director, after serving on the organization’s executive board of directors since its founding in 2005....

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Las Vegas Philharmonic to air 2016-17 performances on radio, online

Concerts from the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season will be broadcast on Sunday evenings beginning on June 4 on Nevada Public Radio’s Classical 89.7 FM. The first broadcast will feature Music Director Donato Cabrera (pictured) leading...

Recordings news, May 2017

John Adams’s Chamber Symphony and Son of Chamber Symphony performed by Alarm Will Sound have been released on the Cantaloupe label. Boston Modern Orchestra Project has released two new recordings: Anthony Paul De Ritis: Pop Concerto and Stephen Hartke: The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon, on its in-house BMOP/sound label.... 

Conductor Thomas Wilkins to deliver July keynote speech at Take a Stand Symposium in L.A.

On July 15, conductor Thomas Wilkins will be the keynote speaker at the Take a Stand Symposium in Los Angeles, part of the three-year Take a Stand initiative launched in 2015 to create a unified national platform for El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States....

Christopher Allen receives 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

The Solti Foundation U.S. has announced that Christopher Allen has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of its Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Given annually to a promising American conductor 38 years of age or younger...

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League Honors Five Orchestra Musicians with Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras for their important work in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums, and more....

Group rate smorgasbord

You can still save big on registration to the League’s 72nd National Conference. Group rates are available for volunteers, board members, colleges, youth orchestras, and for all members in orchestra groups 1-8.... 

American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants go to 21 orchestras

The League of American Orchestras has announced grants to 21 large- and medium-budget U.S. orchestras. The grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each, focus on an array of programs incubating organizational innovation and experimentation....

“Better than early-bird” Conference discounts available

Missed the early-bird deadline? You can still save big on registration to the League’s 72nd National Conference. League group rates are still available, including the “Bring-a-Musician” Rebate, and so are discounts for... 

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