Minnesota Orchestra to tour South Africa in August, marking Mandela’s 100th birthday

“The Minnesota Orchestra is headed to South Africa,” writes Jenna Ross in Thursday’s (1/18) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “In August, the orchestra will perform in five cities there as part of a celebration of Nelson Mandela on the 100-year anniversary of South Africa’s first black president’s birth….

January 20, 2018
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Missy Mazzoli: creator of operas and symphonies, mentor for younger composers

“For Christmas this year, Missy Mazzoli’s aunt knitted her a black sheep. It was an affectionate gesture. Mazzoli, 37, is one of the top composers of her generation,” writes Anne Midgette in last Friday’s (1/12) Washington Post....

Pittsburgh Symphony’s “Lift Every Voice” program, re-opening Hill District partnership

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra used to perform an annual concert in the Hill District but discontinued the series in 2012, citing budgetary reasons,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Thursday’s (1/18) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette....

Spinal Tap bassist launches orchestra tour; first stop: Louisiana Philharmonic

“No, this is not an early April Fools prank,” writes George Varga in Wednesday’s (1/17) San Diego Union-Tribune....

Study: Growing diversity on Broadway stages

“Diversity is increasing onstage on Broadway, according to a new study by the Asian American Performers Action Coalition,” writes Andrew R. Chow in Monday’s (1/15) New York Times....

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Who's In?

Administrative: Camerata Pacifica

Camerata Pacifica has appointed AMY WILLIAMS as managing director. Williams will be the Santa Barbara, California-based orchestra’s first managing director, beginning her tenure on March 1, 2018....

Artistic: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati May Festival

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has appointed NATE BACHHUBER as director of artistic planning and administration for the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati May Festival, the long-running choral festival....

Administrative: From the Top

From the Top, the National Public Radio show that presents classically trained young musicians, has named GRETCHEN NIELSEN as executive director....

Houston Symphony names John Mangum executive director and CEO

John Mangum has been appointed executive director and chief executive officer of the Houston Symphony in Texas. He will hold the Margaret Alkek Williams Executive Director/CEO Chair and begins his new post on April 16, 2018. Mangum succeeds Mark C. Hanson, who stepped down in July 2017 to lead the San Francisco Symphony....

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Industry Buzz

Tucson Symphony’s “Kaddish” Symphony performances, with narrator Jamie Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein will serve as narrator for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s January 19 and 21 performances of Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony, featuring her own new version of the original narration....

Charleston Symphony acquires Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra

South Carolina’s Charleston Symphony Orchestra has acquired the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra, making CSYO a division of the CSO’s education programs....

Spokane Symphony’s concertmaster to mix music and comedy in new “M Show”

Washington’s Spokane Symphony will present two performances of “The M Show: Music, Mayhem & Mystery,” created and hosted by Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski, on January 19 and 20 at the Washington Cracker Co. Building in downtown Spokane....

Santa Barbara Symphony to present free benefit concert for disaster relief in Montecito

Following last week’s deadly mudslides in Montecito, California, the Santa Barbara Symphony will present a free benefit concert on January 18, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts. The concert at the Granada Theatre will feature guitarist and artist-in-residence Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra....

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Help Yourself

Apply by February 5 for National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Young Artist Program

The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada is accepting applications for the twentieth season of its Young Artist Program (YAP). Seventy young classical musicians from around the world will be selected to study with an internationally renowned faculty....

Spotlight your summer festival in Symphony magazine!

Give your summer festival the visibility it deserves by listing it in the spring issue of Symphony magazine, to be published online on April 15, 2018....

Documentary about Britt Orchestra’s premiere at Crater Lake, Oregon

Beginning January 11 on PBS, the Britt Festival Orchestra’s 2016 performance of Michael Gordon’s Natural History at Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is being featured on PBS stations in Boston (WGBH), Seattle (KCTS), Cincinnati (CET), and Lexington, Kentucky (KET). The broadcast is also available as a digital stream....

Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition to take place Jan. 31, 2018

The new Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition program provides musicians of color with the opportunity to play an audition for a panel representing several orchestras....

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