Successfully finding younger audiences in the Boston arts ecosystem

“At a time when orchestra audiences nationwide are growing smaller and grayer, nearly 30 percent of Boston Symphony Orchestra concertgoers this season have been under the age of 40,” writes Maureen Dezell on Monday (5/2) at Boston radio station WBUR. “BSO managing director Mark Volpe is quick to point out...  

May 04, 2016
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Finalists chosen for Fayetteville Symphony music director position

“Five finalists were announced Monday to succeed Fouad Fakhouri as conductor and music director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra,” writes Michael Futch in Tuesday’s (5/3) Fayetteville Observer (N.C.)....

Cleveland Orchestra to partner with Cleveland Museum of Art for neighborhood residency

“For the first time, the Cleveland Orchestra will have a partner” for its annual neighborhood residency: the Cleveland Museum of Art, “currently celebrating its centennial,” writes Zachary Lewis in Sunday’s (5/1) Plain Dealer (Cleveland)....

Opinion: for best results, follow the composer’s lead

“What do you do when a composer announces that the work you’ve just commissioned for 15 musicians will need 1,000 performers; or asks for the premiere to be in a boarded-up shop?” writes Stephen Newbould in Saturday’s (4/30) Guardian (U.K.)....

Review: Rare outing of Kraft percussion concerto by St. Louis Symphony

“If you didn’t know it going into Powell Symphony Hall on Saturday night, you knew it as soon as you got a glimpse of the stage,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Monday’s (5/2) St. Louis Post-Dispatch....

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Who's In?

Administrative: San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony has announced that ROBERT WILKINS will step down as chief operating officer this summer. He will then assume the role of COO emeritus through January 31, 2017....

Artistic: Louisville Youth Orchestra

The Louisville Youth Orchestra has announced the appointment of DEANNA THAM as music director, effective July 1, 2016. She is currently music director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra....

Administrative: Sun Valley Summer Symphony

The Sun Valley (Idaho) Summer Symphony has appointed JENNY KRUEGER executive director, effective June 1. Krueger goes to Sun Valley from the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music in Lafayette, La., where she…

Administrative: Acadiana Symphony

REBECCA DOUCET has been named interim executive director of Louisiana’s Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music. She has held marketing and development posts at a variety of nonprofits including the Performing Arts…

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Industry Buzz

Philly Pops to perform first Memorial Day concert at the Mann Center

On May 28, the Philly Pops will perform a “Memorial Salute” concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, in what is being billed as the first major Memorial Day concert in Philadelphia.... 

Mobile Symphony launches diversity residency with Harlem Quartet

Alabama’s Mobile Symphony Orchestra is partnering with the Harlem Quartet for a twelve-month residency that will engage with children in underserved communities. The first week of the residency began April 25 and included a performance by…

Nashville Symphony and musicians ratify new contract

The Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, announced that they have ratified a new contract. The agreement was reached three months ahead of schedule and will go into effect Aug. 1, 2016....

San Antonio Symphony to offer free Mozart simulcast, art contest

The San Antonio Symphony in Texas will offer a free live simulcast of its April 29 concert on the Tobin Center River Walk Plaza outdoor screen....

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Help Yourself

Worms still available … briefly

Early birds wanting to save 20% on their registration for the League’s 2016 National Conference must register by this Friday, April 29.

Pre-Conference Seminars for the knowledge-hungry

Come to Conference early for the pre-Conference seminars including: Foundations of Collective Bargaining, Education and Community Engagement (EDCE) Pre-Conference Convening, Seminar for New Executive Directors....

Read all about it! The new issue of Symphony magazine is available now

Are gender stereotypes about musical instruments finally eroding? Even today, when male-female parity at U.S. orchestras is 50-50, women players remain concentrated in instruments like harp, violin, and flute. In the Spring issue of Symphony, female orchestral musicians speak out on the topic....

League names five musicians to receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

The League of American Orchestras has selected five orchestra musicians to receive the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra…

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