Behind the success of symphonic Led Zeppelin shows

“Brett Havens’ idea of using a full-on orchestra to embellish a popular band’s tunes wasn’t just a big hit when he rolled out the concept in 1995 with his Zeppelin show, in which he’ll once again conduct the Houston Symphony this Friday,” writes Chris Gray in Wednesday’s (4/17) Houston Chronicle....

April 21, 2019
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Jennifer Hudson to perform with Dallas Symphony during SOLUNA festival

“Jennifer Hudson’s performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra this weekend for the SOLUNA Festival will be a sampling of her 15-year career,” writes Paige Skinner in Thursday’s (4/18) Dallas Observer. “She’ll sing songs from Dreamgirls, the movie she starred in and won an Oscar for...

Missoula Symphony names five music director candidates for 2019-20 season

“Music director Darko Butorac closed out 12 years with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra with a pair of concerts last weekend,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (4/17) article in the Missoula Current (MT). “Leaders of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday...

Hilary Hahn’s 27 commissioned encores: performed, recorded, and now in printed edition

“Hilary Hahn has spent a lot of time thinking about her new edition,” writes Megan Westberg last Friday (4/12) at Strings magazine. “She animatedly describes the phrasing choices of pianist composers (sometimes involving perplexingly long slurs), which composers allow...

Royal Opera House loses appeal in court case of violist with hearing damage

“The Royal Opera House has lost its appeal over the life-changing hearing damage caused to a viola player at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (4/17) BBC News article (U.K.). “The Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the ROH failed...

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Who's In?

Artistic: Cleveland Orchestra

NATHANIEL SILBERSCHLAG has been named principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra, effective August 5. He will begin performing with the orchestra during the 2019 Blossom Music Festival and Summers @ Severance concerts. In 2017, at age 19, Silberschlag was appointed...

Artistic: San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony has announced the appointment of CHRISTOPHER SMITH as principal trumpet and QIANWEN SHEN as associate principal second violin. In addition, AI NIHARA and KENNETH LIAO have joined the violin section, and AMY TAYLOR has been appointed as third flute/piccolo...

Administrative: Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

SANDRA MADDEN has been appointed executive director of Minnesota’s Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. Madden was previously general manager of the Colorado Symphony Association and executive director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra....

Board: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Effective July 1, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra trustees ANN BOROWIEC and NORMAN SLONAKER will become co-chairs of the orchestra’s board of trustees, succeeding Linda Bowden and David Huber, who will remain on the board....

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Industry Buzz

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony to premiere work about history of Red River Valley

North Dakota’s Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of René Clausen’s Before the Whirlwind for orchestra and 100-voice chorus on April 27, joined by the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists and North Dakota State University Concert Choir....

Free Tucson Symphony concert to feature premiere by TSO Young Composers Project student

On April 18, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at Tucson Music Hall featuring Landfall by fourteen-year-old TSO Young Composers Project student Rory Bricca....

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra 2019-20: “Ellis Island,” “Frankenstein” score, Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will open its 2019-20 season in October with a program entitled “Immigration and the Golden Age of Hollywood,” led by Music Director Matthew Kraemer....

Las Vegas Philharmonic 2019-20: Kurt Weill, Danny Elfman film music, “A Very Vegas Showcase”

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will open its 2019-20 season on September 7 with Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with soloist Francesca Dego, and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition, led by Music Director Donato Cabrera (in photo)....

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Help Yourself

Applications open for Ann Arbor Symphony’s Young Artist Competition

Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for its 2019 Young Artist Competition. The juried competition, which culminates in a solo performance by the top prize winner at an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra youth concert ...

May 2 in NYC: Learn the habits of highly effective board members

Learn the qualities that turn board members into champions for their orchestras at Is Your Board Optimized?, a leadership development seminar from the League of American Orchestras on Thursday, May 2 in New York City. Susan Howlett, the orchestra-savvy author

Come to Conference early and get extra smart: Monday, June 3, Nashville

Planning to attend the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference in Nashville this June? Arrive early and depart even smarter by taking advantage of the rich array of Pre-Conference Seminars on Monday, June 3....

Reach the decisionmakers: advertise in the Conference Issue of Symphony—reserve by this Friday, April 12

The deadline to advertise in the Conference Issue of Symphony is approaching. Do you have news you want to share with everyone in the orchestra world? ...

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