Influencers and social media: New York Philharmonic woos a younger demographic

“Businesses have embraced so-called influencer marketing, courting Instagrammers and others with a prominent social-media presence to spread the word about their products,” writes Charles Passy in Saturday’s (9/14) Wall Street Journal. “The New York Philharmonic is doing the same…. The orchestra … is planning on continuing an initiative it started last year and holding a series of gatherings ...

September 17, 2019
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Simon Woods steps down as LA Phil’s chief executive officer

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic, in a surprise announcement just weeks before its season opener, said Chief Executive Simon Woods will depart the company immediately, after less than two years on the job,” writes Deborah Vankin in Monday’s (9/16) Los Angeles Times....

In Philadelphia, many roads to classical music relevancy

“A strange thing happened on the way to classical music’s irrelevance. It became relevant,” writes Peter Dobrin in Sunday’s (9/15) Philadelphia Inquirer....

Eugenia Zukerman chronicles her early-stage Alzheimer’s in new book

“For flutist Eugenia Zukerman, Debussy’s ‘Syrinx’ has been a staple of her daily practice routine since she was 10 years old,” writes Joseph Dalton on September 5 in the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)....

Shreveport Symphony’s 2019-20 season, with longtime music director Michael Butterman and refurbished concert hall

“ ‘Coming Home: The music you love in fresh surroundings’ is the fitting theme for Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 Willis-Knighton Masterworks Series,” writes Tiana Kennell in Wednesday’s (9/11) Shreveport Times (Louisiana)....

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Who's In?

Administrative: Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

PAUL HEGLAND has been named executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota, effective November 12. He will succeed Linda Boyd, who announced her retirement in March....

Administrative: Maryland Symphony Orchestra

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra appointed JONATHAN PARRISH executive director. Parrish is currently executive director of the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu....

Artistic: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

KIRSTEN YON has been named concertmaster of the Shreveport Symphony in Louisiana.... 

Administrative: Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra

Indiana’s Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the appointed KIMBERLY BREDEMEIER as executive director, effective June 1, 2019....

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Industry Buzz

Orchestra Moderne NYC’s “Women Warriors” concert: women composers, social justice documentary film

On Friday, September 20 at Lincoln Center, Orchestra Moderne NYC will present Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, a multimedia symphonic concert focusing on social justice and showcasing an original documentary on women’s rights accompanied by new scores from women composers....

Philadelphia Orchestra adds free-ticket program for teachers and other school employees

The Philadelphia Orchestra has launched a free ticket program for School District of Philadelphia teachers, administrators, and staff for the 2019-20 season. The program, called APPLE (Appreciation Program for PhilaSD Leaders in Education) offers School District employees free general admission tickets ...

Astral 2019-20 concert series to open with free Sept. 14 block party

Astral in Concert, the public programming arm of the Astral Artists mentoring program for young professional musicians, will open its 2019-20 season of performances in Philadelphia’s Center City with a free September 14 block party in Midtown Village.... 

Boise Philharmonic to hold Sept. 12 train depot celebration marking orchestra’s 60th

The Boise Philharmonic will hold a celebration at the Boise Train Depot on September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. to launch its 60th season, featuring performances by Boise Phil Principal Oboe Lauren Blackerby and Associate Principal Trumpet Drew Ziemba....

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New from Wallace: How to attract, and keep, young audiences

How does a performing arts group draw younger audiences and build loyalty? A new case study in American Theatre magazine reports how Portland Center Stage in Oregon used support from the Wallace Foundation to experiment with its marketing and engagement programs for new theatergoers ...

Now is the time to take part in the League’s 2017-18 Orchestra Statistical Report!

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…

American Composers Forum to present Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum

On Saturday, September 7, the American Composers Forum will present “Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum: Musical Creators Leading Change,” a daylong convening in Saint Paul, Minnesota for artists, administrators, and advocates to discuss racially inclusive and equitable opportunities for creative musicians....

Happy Labor Day!

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