A fresh look at the late-Romantic splendor of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

“ ‘That sounds like film music’ is a put-down that deserves to be retired,” writes Alex Ross in Monday’s (8/19) New Yorker. “Worst is when the pejorative is used to discount figures who brought distinctive personalities to the scoring business, thereby elevating it. Such was the fate of the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.… The Bard Music Festival … is honoring Korngold in this year’s edition….

August 21, 2019
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After almost two decades, Kansas City to get all-classical radio station in 2020

“KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., has acquired a station to begin broadcasting an all-classical music service in the spring,” writes Tyler Falk in Monday’s (8/19) Current....

New youth orchestra, Concertgebouworkest Young, to debut in Amsterdam and Brussels

“The latest addition to the growing roster of youth orchestras—the Concertgebouworkest Young—will make its symphonic debut with concerts in Amsterdam and Brussels in late August,” writes Anthony Brown in Monday’s (8/19) Musical America....

New Beethoven cultural history examines Europe’s turbulent 1790-1810 years

“Don’t let the title ‘Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary’ throw you off,” writes Tim Page in Sunday’s (8/18) Washington Post....

Girl seeking to join renowned Berlin boys choir loses lawsuit

“A court Friday blocked a 9-year-old German girl from joining Berlin’s oldest cultural institution, its all-boys’ choir, after she sued to be allowed to sing with the chorus, in a case that pitted a push for gender parity against centuries of musical tradition,” writs Melissa Eddy in Friday’s (8/16) New York Times....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Arizona’s Chandler Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of VANJA GJUMAR NIKOLOVSKI as music director, effective with the 2019-20 season....

Artistic: Eugene Symphony

The Eugene Symphony in Oregon has named JENNY ESTRIN concertmaster, commencing with the 2019-20 season....

Artistic: Cape Youth Orchestra

The Cape Conservatory in Hyannis, Massachusetts has named MARK MILLER as music director of the Cape Youth Orchestra, beginning in September 2019. The Cape Conservatory and Symphony is the parent organization of the Cape Youth Orchestra and the professional...

Artistic: Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale

The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale in Texas has appointed four musicians: ALEJANDRO GÓMEZ GUILLÉN and SARAH CRANOR, who are married, will share the positions of concertmaster and principal second violin; HAN DEWAN has been named principal viola...

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Industry Buzz

Memphis Symphony: Going to Graceland

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has announced that its annual Elvis Pops Concert, traditionally held at the Cannon Center, the orchestra’s main performance venue, will instead take place at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in 2020....

Alexandria Symphony to expand free afterschool music education program

Virginia’s Alexandria Symphony Orchestra is expanding its free ASO Sympatico afterschool music education program to an additional site beginning in September....

Utah Symphony to celebrate Zion National Park’s 100th anniversary—with Sting

On August 31, the Utah Symphony and rock musician Sting will perform together at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah in a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zion National Park. Rob Mathes will…

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra forms commissioning consortium

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas has launched ROCO Resound, a commissioning program through which supporters may help fund the creation of new music to be performed by the orchestra....

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Help Yourself

Sphinx Tank Grants now open

The Sphinx Organization has opened applications for its 2020 Sphinx Tank Grants, in which four emerging arts and cultural entrepreneurs of color will “pitch” their projects to a panel of industry leaders before a live audience.... 

The League’s 2017-18 Orchestra Statistical Report survey is now open!

The League of American Orchestras has been collecting data from the orchestral field since 1946, and its Orchestra Statistical Report (OSR) is the largest and most comprehensive orchestra data set in the United States....

Volunteers: Be recognized and inspire others!

The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras is seeking the country’s most innovative volunteer-driven projects. Submit your work as a volunteer by Friday, August 30 to be considered for a Gold Award of Excellence or a Spotlight Award. Categories for projects include...

American Composers Forum to present Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum

On September 7, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the American Composers Forum will present the 2019 Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum, a daylong convening of artists, administrators, and advocates to discuss racially…

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