National Symphony’s Noseda, energizing the orchestra—and the D.C. arts scene

“Entering his prime, the 55-year-old Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda is in his third season as music director of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra,” writes Ronald Blum in Monday’s (11/18) Associated Press. “Noseda is reviving the NSO… ‘There are a lot of good vibes there,’ Noseda said….

November 20, 2019
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Catching up with multifaceted composer and pianist Conrad Tao

“Conrad Tao tends to slip into celestial metaphors,” writes Joshua Barone in Friday’s (11/15) New York Times....

A visit to Houston by Detroit’s National Arab Orchestra, bridging classical and contemporary traditions

Conductor Michael Ibrahim founded the National Arab Orchestra a decade ago with the mission of preserving the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music, while bridging social and cultural barriers,” writes Lawrence Elizabeth Knox in Saturday’s (11/16) Houston Chronicle....

Vote expected on Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations, following sexual abuse allegations

“Lara St. John, the famed violinist who alleged that she was sexually abused by her teacher at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in the 1980s, on Monday joined calls for statute of limitation reform in Pennsylvania,” writes Ellie Silverman in Monday’s (11/18) Philadelphia Inquirer....

Review: Hartford Symphony and Percussion Collective in Theofanidis’s “Drum Circles”

Christopher Theofanidis’s Drum Circles, given its local premiere on the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s recent Brahms/Haydn Masterworks concert, “starts with a literal and figurative bang,” writes Jessica Rudman in Monday’s (11/18) Hartford Courant (CT).... 

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Who's In?

Artistic: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

DANIEL RAISKIN, music director of Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, has accepted an additional appointment, as music director of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia. He will begin as music director at the Slovak Philharmonic in the 2020-21 season.... 

Artistic: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has appointed two new principal musicians: RAINER EUDEIKIS as principal cello and ZHENWEI SHI as principal viola. ZACHARY BOEDING has been named associate principal oboe....

Artistic: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has named HAMISH McKEICH principal conductor in residence, beginning in 2020. McKeich has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) for…

Administrative: California Symphony

LISA DELL has been appointed executive director of the California Symphony in Walnut Creek, effective November 15. Dell is currently assistant vice president at the Silverman Group, a Chicago-based…

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Industry Buzz

Grammy nominations 2020

The Recording Academy has announced nominees for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, to be given on January 26, 2020 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here is a partial list of nominees....

Minnesota Orchestra gets LEED certification for energy efficiency of Orchestra Hall

The Minnesota Orchestra has announced that Orchestra Hall, its main performance venue, has been awarded LEED O+M v4 Silver Certification, establishing new sustainable standards to enhance audience and musician comfort and optimize energy efficiency....

Colorado’s Grand Junction Symphony adds a chamber group

The GJSO Chamber Players, a newly formed group of principal players and core musicians in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, will perform their first concert on November 19 at the First United Methodist Church in…

Shreveport Symphony to perform Greenwood’s “There Will Be Blood” suite, plus Mozart and Schubert

Louisiana’s Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will perform the six-movement suite from the 2007 film There Will Be Blood by Jonny Greenwood, lead guitarist and keyboardist of the alt-rock band Radiohead, on November 16....

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Check it out: Digital Media Digest, November 2019

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the digital media activities that orchestras use....

National Symphony to livestream November 15 “Tristan” concert

The Washington, D.C.-based National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Gianandrea Noseda will perform Act II of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. EST in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall....

Orchestras invited to “Link Up” with Carnegie Hall

Orchestras looking to connect young people in their communities with music are invited to join an informational webinar about Carnegie Hall’s free Link Up program on Wednesday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST....

Register now for the League’s Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, Jan. 25-27

Orchestra executive directors and youth-orchestra administrators: now is the time to register for the League of American Orchestras’ 2020 Mid-Winter Managers Meeting in New York City. This national gathering provides opportunities to network with orchestra leaders from around the country ...

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