Chicago Symphony musicians vote to authorize strike over pension, healthcare, and salary

“Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians voted on Wednesday evening to authorize a strike that would begin on March 10, if contract negotiations are not resolved,” writes Howard Reich in Thursday’s (2/14) Chicago Tribune. “Those discussions have been ongoing for more than 11 months, according to the musicians.…

February 15, 2019
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Boston Symphony and principal flutist settle equal-pay lawsuit

“Elizabeth Rowe, the principal flutist who sued the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a groundbreaking equal-pay lawsuit last year, has agreed to settle her case with the orchestra, according to documents filed in Suffolk County Superior Court Thursday,” writes Malcolm Gay in Thursday’s (2/14) Boston Globe....

William Grant Still in the spotlight at the LA Phil, led by Thomas Wilkins

“William Grant Still’s ancestors were plantation slaves … far from the concert stages of New York and Los Angeles, where he would rise as the preeminent African American classical composer of his day,” writes Jeffrey Fleishman in Thursday’s (2/14) Los Angeles Times....

York Symphony’s rock/classical salute to Davie Bowie

“In keeping with the 2018-19 season theme of ‘Heroes,’ the York Symphony Orchestra will honor Davie Bowie [on] Feb. 16,” writes Lindsey O’Laughlin in Wednesday’s (2/13) York Dispatch (York, PA)....

Review: Seattle Symphony premieres by Kinan Azmeh and Chen Yi

“Two years ago, the Seattle Symphony offered an impromptu concert titled ‘Music Beyond Borders: Voices from the Seven’ to give a platform to artists” from countries affected by President Trump’s travel ban, writes Thomas May in Monday’s (2/11) MusicalAmerica.com....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

American conductor REBECCA MILLER has been named chief conductor of Sweden’s Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, starting in Autumn 2019.... 

Administrative: Oklahoma City Philharmonic

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic has announced that longtime executive director EDDIE WALKER will step down on April 1, 2019....

Administrative: Cleveland Institute of Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music has promoted two staff members: JERROD PRICE has been named executive director of preparatory, enrollment, and pathway programs, and MADELINE LUCAS TOLLIVER (in photo) assumes the title of senior director, artistic and facilities operations. ...

Artistic: Chamber Music Northwest

In last Wednesday’s (2/7) Hub, we misspelled the name of Gloria Chien, one of the two new co-artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest. A corrected version of the Hub item appears below....

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Industry Buzz

San Francisco Symphony’s first summer concerts in Stanford’s renovated Frost Amphitheater

The San Francisco Symphony will perform its first concerts at the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater on the Stanford University campus on July 10, 13, and 14, as part of a new partnership with the university. The open-air amphitheater ...

Orchestra of St. Luke’s new composition institute selects first four participants

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s has announced the four participants in the inaugural DeGaetano Composition Institute, set to take place in July 2019 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City....

Greensboro Symphony to move into new home at Tanger Center in April 2020

North Carolina’s Greensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform its first masterworks concert in April 2020 in the new 3,000-seat Tanger Center in downtown Greensboro, giving a performance of Beethoven’s…

Classical Grammy Awards: Shostakovich, Kernis, Laurie Anderson, McLoskey, Mason Bates

At the 61st annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 10, the Boston Symphony Orchestra won Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical for its recording of Shostakovich Symphony Nos. 4 and 11, led by Music Director Andris Nelsons....

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Volunteers: Gold Book Awards of Excellence announced

Volunteer associations at six orchestras have won a 2019 Gold Book Award of Excellence from the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras—and now you can check them out here....

Orpheus@Mannes launches free weeklong chamber-orchestra seminar, focusing on shared musician leadership

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Mannes School of Music in New York City have announced Orpheus@Mannes, a weeklong chamber orchestra intensive inspired by Orpheus’s collaborative leadership model....

Apply by March 4 for League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Now through March 4, the League of American Orchestras is accepting nominations for the 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Currently in its fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards program ...

Apply now to the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, will be at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School from July 8 to 18. Presented in association…

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