How Disney Hall helped transform a Los Angeles neighborhood

“When the Los Angeles Philharmonic launched its centennial season last September, media artist Refik Anadol projected a series of giddy hallucinations onto the facade of Walt Disney Concert Hall … an expression of the architecture’s extroverted personality,” writes Justin Davidson in Wednesday’s (5/22) Los Angeles Times. “Disney Hall is still spinning off energy, and the neighborhood around it is still ...

May 25, 2019
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Wyoming Symphony selects Christopher Dragon as music director

“Christopher Dragon was in an airport in Australia preparing for the long trip back to Denver when he received a call from the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra,” writes Dan Cepeda in Friday’s (5/24) Oil City News (Casper, WY)....

Thierry Fischer to step down from Utah Symphony post in 2022

“Thierry Fischer, who as conductor and music director of the Utah Symphony is credited with revitalizing the state’s biggest classical music organization, will be leaving that job when his contract is up in August 2022,” writes Sean P. Means in Thursday’s (5/23) Salt Lake Tribune.... 

At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, researching audience-building with Wallace grant

“Caron House, Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s former assistant director for development, estimates that it takes about three new subscribers to replace the loss of one … loyal core audience member,” writes Rosalind Early in Tuesday’s (5/21) American Theatre....

Alan Gilbert, on the cusp of first season leading Germany’s NDR Elbphilharmonie

“The 2019-20 season will be Alan Gilbert’s first with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in Hamburg,” writes Jeffrey Arlo Brown in Wednesday’s (5/22) VAN (Berlin, Germany)....

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Who's In?

Artistic: ProMusica Arizona

PATTI GRAETZ has been named artistic director and principal conductor of ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra....

Board: Curtis Institute of Music

DEBORAH M. FRETZ has been elected chair of the board of trustees at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, effective June 1, 2019....

Administrative: The Juilliard School

WESTON SPROTT has been named dean of the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School in New York City, effective May 15, 2019. He will oversee the school’s Pre-College Program and Music Advancement Program and develop Juilliard’s external collaborations....

Administrative: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has appointed THERESA A. CAMERON as vice president for BSO at Strathmore, effective June 10, 2019....

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Industry Buzz

Nashville Symphony’s multimedia “Carmina Burana,” with Nashville Ballet

On May 31, the Nashville Symphony will give the first of four performances of a new multimedia production of Orff’s Carmina Burana, in partnership with the Nashville Ballet and filmmaker Duncan Copp....

Youth Orchestras of Fresno: Contreras, Khachaturian, Gershwin, Ginastera

On May 26, all 250 young musicians who make up the three ensembles of California’s Youth Orchestras of Fresno—plus another 40 players from the organization’s free Access Violin Program—will perform a free concert at Saroyan Theatre in Fresno....

International Contemporary Ensemble forms partnership with Nokia Bell Labs

The International Contemporary Ensemble has been selected as the inaugural ensemble-in-residence by the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program. The ensemble’s first performance as ensemble-in-residence took place on May 19 in Manhattan’s Times Square pedestrian plaza ...

Central Texas Philharmonic, new orchestra formed from Round Rock/Georgetown Symphony merger

In Texas, the Georgetown Symphony Society, Inc. and the Round Rock Symphony will formally merge to become the Central Texas Philharmonic on July 1, 2019. Stefan Sanders, music director of…

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Help Yourself

League announces orchestra recipients of Catalyst Fund grants advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion

The League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to 23 U.S. orchestras to help deepen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), improve practice, and strengthen organizational culture....

Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s new online radio station, featuring contemporary music

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which is dedicated to performing contemporary symphonic repertoire, has launched BMOP Radio, a commercial-free, 24/7 online radio station broadcasting the BMOP/sound label’s catalogue of more than 75 recordings....

Unforgettable music at League’s National Conference

MUSIC CentriCITY is the theme of the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference this June in Nashville—and a compelling musical experience from composer Hannibal Lokumbe will be a Conference…

#SupportOrchestras with the League’s third annual League Giving Day on June 4

Tuesday, June 4 marks 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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