During the second half of the 2011-12 season and beyond, American orchestras are embarking on a wide variety of innovative programming, community-engagement, and education initiatives that have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. “With these grants the NEA is recognizing the vital role that orchestras are playing in bringing the arts to Americans of all backgrounds,” said League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen in a recent press release. “The NEA’s support also adds value as a springboard for inspiring others to support these meaningful projects.” The initiatives include the Pacific Symphony’s Nowruz Celebration of the Persian New Year in March; masterclasses, coaching sessions, and other artistic development activities for student musicians at the Eugene Symphony in Oregon; the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere of the original dramatization of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, with music by Prokofiev; and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s second year of its Orchestra Fellows program for minority musicians. To read more about these and other initiatives, visit the League of American Orchestras.
Posted February 8, 2012