Cuban Overtures: On the road with the Minnesota Orchestra

“Cultural diplomacy is what the policy wonks call it,” writes League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen on Tuesday’s (5/19) Huffington Post about the Minnesota Orchestra’s recent visit to Cuba. Rosen traveled to Cuba with the orchestra May 13 to 17. “On the ground in Havana with the Minnesota Orchestra, Marilyn C. Nelson, the orchestra’s vice chair and tour underwriter, calls it love....

May 22, 2015
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New three-year musician contract at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

“The state’s largest arts organization, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, and the 85 musicians of the Utah Symphony have ratified a new three-year contract,” writes Catherine Reese Newton in Wednesday’s (5/20) Salt Lake Tribune....

Change in the air at Las Vegas Philharmonic

In Thursday’s (5/21) Las Vegas Weekly, Kristen Peterson writes that Las Vegas Philharmonic Music Director Donato Cabrera’s “energy and enthusiasm have been so embraced by local audiences that ...

Redefining apps for orchestras

“Arts organizations, especially classical music ones, speak of ‘audience engagement’ these days,” writes Marc MacNamara in Tuesday’s (5/19) San Francisco Classical Voice....

BBC’s “Ten Pieces” music education program expands

In Wednesday’s (5/20) Guardian (London), Sally Weale reports that in the U.K., “ ‘The Ride of the Valkyries,’ the most famous part of Wagner’s Ring cycle, is to be used as part of a nationwide programme to encourage teenagers to fall in love with classical music.…

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Who's In?

Artistic: Lake Forest Symphony

The Lake Forest (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of NETANEL DRAIBLATE as concertmaster, effective with the 2015-16 season. Also concertmaster of the Annapolis (Md.) Symphony Orchestra and the PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, D.C....

Administrative: Ann Arbor Symphony

At the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra, EMILY FROMM has been promoted to marketing director, and SARAH RUDDY to director of education and outreach....

Artistic: Cleveland Orchestra

BRETT MITCHELL’s contract with the Cleveland Orchestra has been extended through the 2016-17 season. Currently assistant conductor, a post he has held since September 2013, Mitchell becomes associate conductor in the 2015-16 season...

Artistic: Symphony Orchestra Augusta

Georgia’s Symphony Orchestra Augusta has extended Music Director SHIZUO Z. KUWAHARA’s contract as music director for three years, through June 30, 2018. Now in his sixth season as SOA music director...

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Industry Buzz

Houston Symphony’s “Paintjam Concert Experience”

The Houston Symphony will perform the world premiere of “The Paintjam Concert Experience” on May 22 at Jones Hall, led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. Dan Dun, a Houston-based “speed painter,” will create artworks as the orchestra performs....

Boston Pops fans program a concert, share Lockhart memories through social media

As the Boston Pops celebrates conductor Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary on the podium this spring, the orchestra is using technology to connect with its audience. For each of five “By Popular Demand” concerts...

Expanded young-artists piano competition gets underway in Cleveland

Twenty-five pianists are competing from May 12 to 21 in the first International Young Artists Competition presented by Cleveland International Piano Competition, comprising junior (ages 12 to 15) and senior (ages 16 to 18) divisions....

Composers invited to apply for “Frontiers” program at Fort Worth Opera

The deadline is May 31 for composers and librettists to submit scores for Fort Worth Opera’s fourth annual “Frontiers” program of new and in-progress operas, to be presented in April-May 2016....

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Help Yourself

NEA asks Americans: share your arts stories

For its 50th anniversary this year, the National Endowment for the Arts is collecting stories on how the arts have helped shape or change the lives of people and their communities. The agency asks for personal narratives about “how the arts have inspired you to do something unique, how they have made a difference...

Check out Detroit Symphony’s Mahler 1 rehearsal

The Detroit Symphony will offer a free live webcast of a portion of its May 20 rehearsal of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, at 10am (ET) at dso.org/live. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the rehearsal, for which both conductor and musicians will be outfitted with microphones....

Live from Cuba: the Minnesota Orchestra

Tune in on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16 for live radio broadcasts of the Minnesota Orchestra’s groundbreaking concerts at the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Each concert will be broadcast at 7pm (Central Daylight Time) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio....

Former Lincoln Center President Levy to discuss nonprofit leadership

On Wednesday, May 20 at 12 pm ET, as part of the American Express Leadership Academy, Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation, will interview Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2002 to 2014 and author of the new book They Told Me Not To Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center....

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