Orchestras offer free tickets for furloughed government employees

In response to the ongoing government shutdown, multiple orchestras are offering free tickets to furloughed federal employees. The orchestras are taking a variety of approaches: some are offering free tickets for a performance on a specific date, others are making free tickets available for concerts during a limited period, and others are making free tickets available through the…

January 20, 2019
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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra names conductor/keyboardist Richard Egarr music director

“Richard Egarr, the British conductor, harpsichordist and organist who currently leads the Academy of Ancient Music, has been named to succeed Nicholas McGegan as music director of the Philharmonia Baroque…

Louisiana Philharmonic: cellist Kanneh-Mason, plus premiere from composer Reinkemeyer

“The 19-year-old virtuoso Sheku Kanneh-Mason became a household name after his solo performance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last May,” writes Sarah Bonnette in Wednesday’s (1/16)…

Thomas Wilkins to be honored with Virginia Symphony’s Dreamer Award

“Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony and Norfolk native son, will be returning home this weekend to celebrate and to be celebrated,” writes Denise Watson in Friday’s (1/17) Virginian-Pilot

Rebecca Saunders becomes first woman composer to win Ernst von Siemens Music €250,000 prize

“The British composer Rebecca Saunders has said it is ‘extraordinary’ that she is the first female composer to win one of classical music’s most prestigious international prizes,” writes Mark Brown in Thursday’s (1/17)…

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Who's In?

Administrative: Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony has named CHERONNE WONG as vice president and chief financial officer. She succeeds Maureen Campbell Melville, who was recently named CFO at the San Diego Symphony....

Artistic: Los Angeles Philharmonic

ZUBIN MEHTA has been named conductor emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The appointment was announced from the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall by LA Phil CEO Simon Woods during a January 3 concert led by Mehta....

Artistic: National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. has announced the appointment of LIN MA (in photo) as principal clarinet and MALORIE BLAKE SHIN as second violin....

Artistic: Nevada Chamber Music Festival

The Nevada Chamber Music Festival, which is presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra, has appointed CLIVE GREENSMITH as artistic director. A cellist, Greensmith ...

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Industry Buzz

Minnesota Orchestra to spotlight emerging composers on Jan. 18 “Future Classics” program

The sixteenth annual Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute culminates with a January 18 “Future Classics” performance featuring new orchestral music by seven emerging composers. Music Director Osmo…

Dayton Philharmonic’s 2019-10 season: Haydn’s “Creation,” Beethoven symphony cycle, Wyclef Jean

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will open its 2019-20 Masterworks season in September with Haydn’s Creation, led by Music Director Neal Gittleman and performed with the Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, its two partners in the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance....

Canada’s 21C Music Festival: Terry Riley, Canadian composers, Toronto Symphony

Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music will devote its annual 21C Music Festival to minimalist composer Terry Riley and feature six world premieres, including two performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which is appearing in the Jan. 16-20 festival for the first time...

New York Philharmonic explores NYC’s history of immigration with “Threads of Our City”

On January 24, the New York Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 immigrant garment workers on New York’s Lower East Side. The orchestra has planned two weeks of concerts and events exploring ...

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Help Yourself

Sign up now for 2019 Orchestras Feeding America food drive

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in Orchestras Feeding America, an unprecedented coordinated effort to collect and donate food...

Learn all about the League’s new Catalyst Fund in a free webinar on Friday, January 18

The Catalyst Fund is the League of American Orchestras’ new grant-making program to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in America’s orchestras. Catalyst Fund grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be given to adult and youth orchestras to support the costs of retaining a skilled EDI practitioner to advance EDI learning objectives....

Apply now for League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

The League of American Orchestras invites nominations for the 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Now in their fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards, made possible through the generosity of Ford Motor Company Fund, celebrate and honor professional orchestra musicians who ... 

Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial concert on PBS “Great Performances”

Public television’s Great Performances series will broadcast The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration on Friday, January 11 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings). Conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the concert commemorates the centennial of the orchestra’s founding ...

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