Review: Dallas Symphony and Erykah Badu at Meyerson Symphony Center

“Erykah Badu stood, clad in what seemed like a Day-Glo bodysuit adorned with a tangle of various accoutrements,” writes Preston Jones in Monday’s (6/24) Dallas Observer. “Above her, multi-colored lights pulsed, and a projection screen displayed a riot of eye-popping images… Before her, seven backing musicians…

June 27, 2019
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Spokane Symphony names Britain’s James Lowe music director

“James Lowe is the Spokane Symphony Orchestra’s new music director,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (6/25) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). Executive Director Jeff vom Saal “made the announcement…

Streaming companies Idagio and Primephonic aim to put classical music centerstage

Classical music “has suffered in the shift to streaming,” writes Ben Sisario in Sunday’s (6/23) New York Times. “While 2.5 percent of album sales in the United States are classical music, it accounts for less than…

Baltimore Symphony update: details on financial status; musicians at other ensembles donate $100K to BSO players

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra owed its vendors $2.1 million as of late April—a debt nearly double what it was 19 months earlier,” writes Mary Carole McCauley in Tuesday’s (6/25) Baltimore Sun. “According to a…

At Tanglewood, new sculpture unveiled of founder Koussevitzky

“The main gate at Tanglewood has a dramatic new look this season, thanks to the installation of a sculpture honoring the music festival’s founding father, Serge Koussevitzky,” writes Clarence Fanto in Monday’s (6/24)…

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Who's In?

Administrative: Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts

New Jersey’s Wharton Institute for the Performing arts has appointed PETER H. GISTELINCK executive director, effective July 1, 2019. Located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Paterson, New Jersey, Wharton is a non-profit performing-arts education center and the parent organization of the New Jersey Youth Symphony....

Artistic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

DAVID COOPER has been named principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, effective July 8, 2019....

Administrative: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has appointed JONATHAN KALEDIN as vice president of development. Kaledin was most recently president and CEO of Cape Arts and Entertainment in Hyannis, Massachusetts, home of the Cape Symphony and Cape Conservatory....

Artistic: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Five musicians have been selected by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for the next class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows....

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Industry Buzz

Kennedy Center’s 2019 Gold Medal recipients from Austria and Hungary

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has awarded this year’s Gold Medal in the Arts to musical artists from Hungary and Austria. The Gold Medals focus on different cities or countries each…

Chamber Music Northwest festival spotlights artistic director David Shifrin—and many, many clarinets

The Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon launches this week with “Clarinet Critical Mass,” multiple concerts focusing on the clarinet, in tribute to clarinetist David Shifrin, the festival’s longtime artistic director, who will step down in 2020....

Buffalo Philharmonic and city partners to stage free July 13 East Side Festival

On July 13, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present a free one-day East Side Festival in collaboration with the BPO diversity council, the Central Terminal Restoration Corp., and New York State Sen. Timothy Kennedy....

Boston’s “Concert for One” project aims for 5,000 intimate, one-minute concerts over ten days

The concert presenter Celebrity Series of Boston has announced a free public music project called “Concert for One,” in which it will produce 5,000 individual mini-concerts from Sept. 20 to 29, 2019 in Boston and Cambridge. The project will pair single listeners with solo musicians...

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Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project invite performers to orchestrate their songs

The Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project are seeking five bands or solo artists from multiple musical genres to play with live orchestra. In the “Orchestrate”…

Streaming live: Russia’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, June 17-29

The sixteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition is underway from June 17 to 29 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, with 231 contestants comprising pianists, violinists, cellists, vocalists, and, new this year, woodwind and brass players. The competition is being streamed live and on demand at medici.tv....

League’s 2019 Conference: highlights, videos, presentations, and more

More than 1,200 orchestra colleagues attended the League of American Orchestras’ 74th National Conference on June 3-5 in Nashville. The Conference was an extraordinary gathering of musicians, composers, board members, administrators, and volunteers, filled with provocative content and great music....

#SupportOrchestras with League Giving Day on June 4!

Tuesday, June 4 is the League of American Orchestras’ third annual League Giving Day. The goal: to raise $75,000 in 24 hours to support the League’s efforts on behalf of orchestras....

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