Kennedy Center honoree Michael Tilson Thomas: career perspective

Michael Tilson Thomas “wears his elder-statesman mantle lightly, even with a kind of incredulity,” writes Anne Midgette in Sunday’s (12/8) Washington Post. “He’s ‘MTT,’ music director of the San Francisco Symphony, co-founder of the New World Symphony in Florida…. MTT [is] this year one of the artists receiving Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement….

December 10, 2019
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Review: New York Philharmonic premiere of Steve Reich’s first score for orchestra in decades

“Steve Reich, one of the avatars of musical Minimalism, has written barely at all for the traditional symphony,” writes Seth Colter Walls in Friday’s (12/6) New York Times....

New interim leadership at Minnesota’s Mankato Symphony

“The Mankato Symphony Orchestra has announced its executive director, Hannah Bretz, is stepping down and will be replaced on an interim basis by musician and educator Bethel Balge,” writes Robb Murray in Thursday’s (12/5) Mankato Free Press (Mankato, MN)....

South Carolina’s Rock Hill Symphony, broadening city’s cultural scene

“In 2017, a collection of residents, musicians, and at least one globetrotting conductor realized that Rock Hill was the largest city in the Carolinas that did not have its own symphony orchestra,” writes Scott Morgan on Thursday (12/5) at radio station WFAE (Charlotte, N.C.)....

In rare move, Metropolitan Opera adjusts season calendar to add three “Porgy” performances

“The Metropolitan Opera’s sold-out production of the Gershwins’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ has been so successful this season that the company is doing something without precedent in its modern history: It is adding several performances to the run,” writes Michael Cooper in Thursday’s (12/5) New York Times....

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Who's In?

Artistic: Santa Rosa Symphony

The Santa Rosa Symphony’s Institute for Music Education has named JENNIFER HUANG conductor of the Aspirante Youth Orchestra.... 

Artistic: Houston Symphony

Shanghai-born conductor YUE BAO has joined the Houston Symphony in the newly created position of conducting fellow....

Artistic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has named LINA GONZALEZ-GRANADOS as its new Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice. As part of the apprenticeship, which runs February 2020 through June 2021, Gonzalez-Granados will spend several weeks each season studying with and assisting CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti....

Administrative: Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet

The Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts, parent organization of the Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Ballet, has appointed BRETT LONEY as director of development....

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Industry Buzz

Annapolis Symphony’s Academy, in second year, promoting diversity in classical music

The Annapolis Symphony Academy, an educational program of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, will present a free holiday concert on December 15 featuring musicians from the academy’s introductory, junior, and senior ensembles....

Detroit Symphony tech upgrades to “Live from Orchestra Hall” webcasts

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has announced several technology upgrades to its free “Live from Orchestra Hall” webcasts of DSO Classical Series concerts, including a new 4K ultra-high-definition video system....

Boulanger Initiative to present “Phenomenal Women from Clara to Clarice”

On December 10, the Boulanger Initiative—which promotes music composed by women through performance, education, and commissions—will present a program entitled “Phenomenal Women from Clara to Clarice” at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C....

Musical America names 30 “movers and shakers in the performing arts” for 2019

Musical America, the publisher of Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts and the news website MusicalAmerica.com, has released the 2019 edition of its Top 30 Professionals of the Year report, profiling “movers and shakers of the performing arts.” ...

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Help Yourself

Register now for the League’s Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminars, January 25-27

Now is the time to register for the League of American Orchestras’ 2020 Mid-Winter Managers Meeting next month in New York City. This national gathering for orchestra executive directors and youth-orchestra administrators provides opportunities to ...

League of American Orchestras opens search for a CEO

Last June, League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen announced that he will conclude his leadership of the League in September 2020—and the League is seeking a successor....

Hartford Symphony invites student musicians to enter its Young Artists Competition

Connecticut’s Hartford Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications now through January 31, 2020 for its annual Young Artists Competition. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the possibility of performing at Hartford Symphony Orchestra events....

Apply now to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in American orchestras

The League of American Orchestras’ Catalyst Fund is accepting applications now through Friday, December 6, 2019. The Catalyst Fund, a three-year pilot program made possible by generous support from…

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