Behind the success of Indiana’s free South Shore Summer Music Festival

“The South Shore Summer Music Festival is a symphonic tradition that fosters orchestral appreciation and a sense of community,” writes Bob Kostanczuk in Thursday’s (7/12) Post-Tribune (northwest Indiana). On July 21, “The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 12th annual outdoor festival … at Cedar Lake’s…

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At BBC Proms, women composers to the fore, bookended by Panufnik and Meredith premieres

“Finally… women have taken center stage” at the Proms, writes Ivan Hewett in Thursday’s (7/12) Daily Telegraph (London). “More than half of the newly commissioned pieces in this year’s season are by women, and altogether there are…

New World Symphony’s community focus: Wallcast concerts, “Music for Animals,” “Transmuse,” and more

The New World Symphony is “probably the most welcoming, forward- and outward-looking arts organization I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter,” writes Darryn King in Thursday’s (7/12) Forbes.com. Community projects include Music Bites, where…

Chicago’s streetscape “Legacy Walk” to add Tchaikovsky memorial in October

“A biographical memorial to iconic Russian classical music composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will become the newest addition to Chicago’s ‘Legacy Walk’ art installation, a half-mile outdoor ‘museum’ along Halsted Street dedicated to celebrating…

Kiev concert: Verdi and Copland, a crowd of 10,000, Riccardo Muti

“For more than 20 years the Ravenna Festival’s Roads of Friendship [project] has sent a group of Italian and other European musicians on an annual trip to countries afflicted by war, political unrest, natural disaster, or any number of other hardships,” writes…

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Who's In?

Artistic: Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

JAMES BLACHLY’s contract as music director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania has been extended for three years, through the 2020-21 season. During his tenure, which began two years ago, season-ticket sales have increased by…

Artistic: Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana has appointed BRIAN ONDERDONK as assistant orchestra conductor and RYAN KNIGHT as assistant choral conductor. …

Administrative: San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) has announced that DALOUGE SMITH (pictured) will step down as president and CEO on July 29 to accept the position of CEO of the new Lewis Prize for Music. AMBER WEBER, the youth orchestra’s current deputy director, will be appointed acting president/CEO....

Administrative: Carmel Symphony Orchestra

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Indiana has appointed KIMBERLY DIMOND as executive director, effective on July 16. She succeeds president and CEO Alan Davis, who is retiring after nearly two decades....

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Industry Buzz

Marlboro Music’s 68th summer season underway in Vermont

In Vermont, Marlboro Music’s three-week summer festival will open on the weekend of July 14-15 with music for piano, strings, woodwinds, and voice performed by the program’s resident artists. Repertoire will include works by Mozart, Copland, Schumann, …

Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s summer 2018 concerts on the Charles River

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s summer season of free Wednesday concerts at the Hatch Memorial Shell will begin on July 18 with the Holst’s The Planets plus the world premiere of Gonzalo Grau’s Pegasus Promenade performed by Boston’s Zumix ensemble of young musicians....

Minnesota Orchestra names seven composers for 2019 Composer Institute

Seven emerging composers have been selected to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra’s sixteenth annual Composer Institute in Minneapolis from January 14 to 18, 2019. They are TJ Cole, Viet Cuong, Jonathan Cziner, Will Healy, Matthew Ricketts, Connor Elias Way, and Alyssa Weinberg.... 

LA Phil’s second annual National Take a Stand Festival, July 5-14

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second annual National Take a Stand Festival for students ages 12 to 18 is underway from July 5 to 14 in Los Angeles. Students from El Sistema-inspired programs from across the U.S. are participating in rehearsals and educational workshops led by a teaching staff that includes LA Phil musicians and an international faculty of teaching artists....

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Help Yourself

Applications now open for the League’s Emerging Leaders Program

Looking to build your leadership skills and abilities as an orchestra professional? Check out the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). This ten-month professional-development seminar, which cultivates…

Now posted: Digital Media Digest for July 2018

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the digital media activities that orchestras use....

Music by Black Composers directory available for free online

The not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine Foundation has launched the Living Composers Directory, an online directory of living black composers as part of the foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project, which aims to bring greater diversity ...

Live broadcast from new Great Lakes performing arts center with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and others

On Saturday, July 7, Interlochen Public Radio will broadcast live the gala opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan. The $25 million building includes a 500-seat theater as well as indoor and outdoor community…

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