Toronto Symphony balances budget, seeks deeper community connections

“Timing continues to be almost everything, and in the world of symphonic music, Jeff Melanson’s timing is watch-worthy,” writes William Littler in Friday’s (12/19) Toronto Star. “The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s new president and CEO comes aboard at a time when the ship does not appear to be sinking. Mind you, the good news is recent. At last month’s annual meeting the…

December 20, 2014
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Media View

How was 2014 for orchestra on both sides of the Atlantic?

“2014 has brought its fair share of sobering orchestra-related headlines for both the U.K. and the U.S. But what hits the news isn’t always the full story,” writes Charlotte Gardner in Sinfini, a U.K.-based classical music site. “As the year draws to a close, we look at how their two respective orchestral landscapes are really…

Critics’ roundtable: the year in classical music

“A pianist recited Yiddish poetry during a Washington, DC recital, the Seattle Symphony premiered a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece about the environment, and Anna Netrebko made a surprising transformation as Lady Macbeth—these were a few of the high points of 2014, according to three top music critics,” writes Brian Wise at the…

One less music reporter at New York Times

“The latest round of New York Times layoffs and buyouts are expected to reach 110 by the time the dust settles this week,” writes Susan Elliott in Thursday’s (12/18) Musical America (password required). “Among those leaving is Allan Kozinn, one of the paper’s, if not the country’s, savviest music critics and culture…

Review: Portland Symphony’s multicultural, surround-sound holiday concert

“The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Magic of Christmas’ series, Dec. 12 to 21, has something for everyone,” writes Christopher Hyde in Tuesday’s (12/16) Portland Press Herald (Maine). “Artistic director Robert Moody has emphasized entertainment value in the rapid-paced program and largely…

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Who's In?

Board Leadership: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City has announced the election of RICHARD F. BRUECKNER as chairman of its Board of Trustees, succeeding MARC O. MAYER....

Administrative: Oregon Symphony

The Portland-based Oregon Symphony has appointed DENIZ CONGER vice president of development, effective December 29....

Administrative: Baltimore Symphony

TERESA EATON has been named director of public relations and publications at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She brings fourteen years of experience in multi-media marketing and public relations...

Administrative: New York Pops

The New York Pops has announced the appointment of JASON G. SMOLLER as development and communications associate....

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Industry Buzz

NEA releases report on measuring cultural participation

The National Endowment for the Arts has released “Measuring Culturing Engagement: A Quest for New Terms, Tools, and Techniques,” a report on how and why it measures cultural participation. The report summarizes a June 2014 convening in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the U.K.’s Arts & Humanities Research…

Endowment for Virginia Arts Festival’s artistic director position

The Virginia Arts Festival has announced that its artistic director position is supported by an endowment, following a gift from local philanthropists Pat and Doug Perry. The position, known as the Perry Artistic Director, is held by Robert W. Cross, who created the festival in 1997 and has served as executive…

Dallas Chamber Symphony announces deadline for Sight of Sound Competition

For its second annual Sight of Sound Film Competition, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is inviting filmmakers to submit entries of original, short, silent films set to existing classical music. All finalists will receive a live concert screening of their films ...

Curtis Institute receives $11.5 million to endow president’s chair and for touring

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia has received $11.5 million from Board Chair Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, among the largest gifts ever received in the school’s 90-year history. Included is $10 million for an endowment establishing the Nina von Maltzahn President’s Chair currently held by Roberto Díaz....

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Help Yourself

Volunteer Project of the Month: Billing Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Challenged by their executive director to develop a new fundraiser in a few months, the special events committee of the Billing Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Montana came up with the concept of a pre-concert New Year’s Eve party at the Great Hall, a beautiful and historic setting at a local…

Sphinx’s annual diversity conference takes place January 30-February 1

This winter the Sphinx Organization will host “Sphinxcon: Engage 2015,” its third annual conference bringing together leaders and practitioners to discuss solutions to the challenges of diversity in the performing arts. The event takes place in Detroit, Michigan from January 30 to February 1. Featured speakers include…

Orchestras’ Impact Profiled in League's New Story Bank

Health care providers, parents, musicians, orchestra administrators, and students—they all have unique, first-person perspectives illustrating the powerful impact of orchestras on communities. The League's story bank houses video, articles, and infographics featuring these individual voices. It’s a great place to point…

Volunteer Project of the Month: San Francisco Symphony’s Deck the Hall

One of the San Francisco Symphony’s marquee events is Deck the Hall, a holiday tradition every December since 1980. It includes a concert, silent auction, youth-oriented activities, and the unveiling of fir trees decorated by non-profits and placed throughout the lobbies at Davies Symphony Hall. …

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