The new edition of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, tackles today’s most pressing issues. The Delta variant and shifting COVID-19 infection rates mean that vaccine and testing mandates, plus masking and social distancing, are being implemented for orchestra audiences, musicians, and staff. Symphony reports on how orchestras are adopting health protocols to keep everyone safe at in-person concerts. An in-depth article reports that although musicians of Asian descent are often highly visible onstage, that representation has not translated into equitable roles behind the scenes or at the creative level. This issue charts the new roles that musicians at orchestras are taking: commissioning and performing new music, curating performances, and as soloists. In Symphony, members of the classical music community remember conductor Michael Morgan, whose commitment to music education, community connections, and social justice transformed orchestras. Also in this issue: pops artists who perform with orchestras reveal how they have fared during the pandemic, what they have missed, and what they have planned for the season ahead.
Check out the latest issue of Symphony at www.symphony.org.