A relevant requiem in St. Louis

“On Monday night, demonstrators protested the Metropolitan Opera for performing John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer,” writes League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen in Wednesday’s (10/22) Huffington Post. “Three weeks ago a very different kind of demonstration was held in Powell Symphony Hall…. Demonstrators unfurled banners reading ‘Requiem for Michael Brown’ and ‘Racism Lives Here’ …

October 25, 2014
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International touring with orchestra instruments containing ivory

In Thursday’s (10/23) Chicago Tribune, Mark Caro writes that for its European tour currently underway, “The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (and other traveling musicians) now must document each and every piece of restricted flora and fauna present in their instruments and accessories, some of which are more than a century old.”...

Kansas City Symphony’s YouTube tribute to K.C. Royals

“It’s not every day that we get to see Kansas City Symphony music director Michael Stern in a baseball jersey. Today is that day as the symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus pay a fun, classy tribute to the Kansas City Royals,” writes Lisa Gutierrez in Thursday’s (10/23) Kansas City Star (Missouri)....

Pennsylvania’s York Symphony lowers ticket prices

“The York Symphony Orchestra, which kicked off its season Saturday with the debut of new music director Lawrence Golan, has lowered ticket prices,” reports Gary Haber in Tuesday’s (10/21) Flipside PA (south-central Pennsylvania)....

Ashkenazy waives fee for free concerts in troubled Hong Kong

“A world-class conductor has waived his undisclosed but substantial performance fee for two free concerts ‘as a special gift to Hong Kong,’ ” reports Oliver Chou in Friday’s (10/24) South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)....

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Who's In?

Administrative: National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has appointed ANN MEIER BAKER as it new director of music and opera, effective January 12, 2015. She replaces Wayne Brown, who stepped down from the NEA in January 2014....

Administrative: Portland Youth Philharmonic

The Portland (Ore.) Youth Philharmonic has announced the appointment of KIRI MURAKAMI-LOEHMANN as executive director....

Artistic: Pacific Symphony

The Pacific Symphony, in California’s Orange County, has announced two additions to its musician roster for the 2014-15 season: KYLE MENDIGUCHIA, bass trombone, and TED SUGATA, second oboe....

Artistic: Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua Institution in western New York State has announced the appointment of ROSSEN MILANOV as music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. The 49-year-old Bulgarian-born conductor will begin his responsibilities immediately in preparation for his inaugural summer of residency in 2015....

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Industry Buzz

North Carolina Symphony to commemorate Civil War in words and music

On October 30 at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, the North Carolina Symphony will present “Battle Hymn of the Republic: Words and Music from the Civil War,” a morning concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War....

Music Alive: New Partnerships residencies announced by League of American Orchestras and New Music USA

The League of American Orchestras and New Music USA announced Wednesday (10/22) that twelve orchestras and composers have been selected to receive Music Alive: New Partnerships grants of $7,500 each. The program will support a series of one-week residencies between 2014 and 2016....

New Jersey Symphony’s “Artist Box” collaboration with Newark art gallery

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has inaugurated a new partnership this season in which artists from Gallery Aferro, a contemporary-art gallery based in Newark, will attend orchestra performances....

Richmond Symphony to co-present January concert honoring Holocaust survivors

The Richmond (Va.) Symphony is partnering with the city’s Virginia Holocaust Museum and its Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center to present “Voices of Survival,” a multi-media program on January 27, 2015 …

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Help Yourself

Link Up: Partner with Carnegie Hall

Informational Webinar November 4

The League of American Orchestras will host a webinar on November 4 for organizations interested in learning more about Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, which introduces students in grades 3–5 to the orchestra through an interactive educational curriculum and culminating concerts....

The new issue of Symphony magazine is available online now!

In the fall issue, we unpack the multiple meanings of the Seattle Symphony’s remix of “Baby Got Back” with rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, offer the latest updates on how to cope with the new regulations that are designed to thwart illegal trade in elephant ivory...

Peabody Institute to host “What’s Next for Classical Music?” symposium

In Baltimore, the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University will host a symposium entitled “What’s Next for Classical Music?” on October 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Peabody’s Friedberg Concert Hall. Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost…

2014-15 Orchestra Governance Center Grants

Apply now for the League of American Orchestras’ 2014-15 Governance Center Grants, which provide financial support to orchestra boards to strengthen their governance practice. Grants range from $2,500 to $7,500, and those selected via a competitive application process will be informed by mid-January 2015....

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