04/03/2020

Simon Woods named as next president and CEO of League of American Orchestras

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“Simon Woods, who resigned as CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic last fall, is to be the new president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras effective September 1,” writes Susan Elliott in Friday’s (4/3) Musical America (subscription required). “Woods, a Brit, is currently the interim chief of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has a wealth of experience running orchestras. He succeeds Jesse Rosen, in the job since 2008 and with the League for 22 years. Prior to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Woods was CEO of the Seattle Symphony, where he is credited with turning its fortunes around. Rosen, too, is a previous Seattle Symphony staffer, having served there as general manager before coming to the League. In his comments, Woods said orchestras had been central to his life, ‘since I first played clarinet in my local youth orchestra many years ago…. We are deep into one of the most challenging periods that our world has ever experienced, but I have tremendous faith in our long-term prospects as we re-invent our art form, build authentic relationships with our communities, and reflect the vibrant cultural mix of the country on our stages and in our halls.’ Prior to Seattle he was chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2005-2011), president and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (2004-2005), and VP artistic planning and operations for the Philadelphia Orchestra (2002 to 2004), having joined the orchestra in 1997. He served for nearly a decade as classical CD producer at EMI Classics in London and holds a BA in music from the University of Cambridge, Clare College, and a diploma in conducting from the Guildhall School of Music. ‘In this time of pandemic and all of its challenges, Simon brings to the table not only strong, steady leadership, but also personal qualities that will nurture our organization and its members,’ said League Board Chair Douglas Hagerman.”

News of the appointment was also reported by Friday’s New York Times.

Read the League’s announcement about Woods’ appointment here.

 

April 3, 2020

Carnegie Hall cancels remainder of 2019-20 season

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“Carnegie Hall is projecting a $9 million operating deficit on its $104 million budget after canceling the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic and anticipates making...

April 3, 2020

Aspen Music Festival delays opening of season by two weeks

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“The Aspen Music Festival and School has canceled the first two weeks of its summer season due to societal disruptions from the novel coronavirus, pushing the opening concert from...

April 3, 2020

Stamford Symphony adds online channel, with archived concerts, interviews, learning resources for families

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“Although its spring concerts were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Stamford Symphony hopes to keep the music playing,” writes David Fierro in a front-page article in Thursday’s (4/2)...

April 3, 2020

State of Illinois launches emergency fund for out-of-work artists

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“In an attempt to boost the battered arts and cultural communities in the Land of Lincoln, the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago will join with philanthropies...

April 3, 2020

Obituary: Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of musical dynasty, 85

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“Ellis Marsalis, a pianist and educator who was the guiding force behind a late-20th-century resurgence in jazz while putting four musician sons on a path to prominent careers, died...

April 3, 2020

Boston Symphony to stream recent “Concert for Our City” beginning April 5

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra will begin streaming its February 16 “Concert for Our City” program at Symphony Hall on its YouTube page on April 5 at 3 p.m. ET....

April 3, 2020

April 3 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

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From the time that COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) first impacted the performing arts, The Hub has been tracking postponements and cancellations by U.S. and international orchestras, performing arts centers, and conservatories.

The League of American Orchestras is posting resources and information about coping with the pandemic as a service to the orchestra field. These resources include information about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security package; discussion groups and one-on-one consultations for League members; guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other authorities; and more. Find regularly updated resources, guidance, and information on the League’s coronavirus preparedness site.

To help reduce the spread of the virus, orchestras and other music organizations are obeying government bans on large gatherings, adhering to shelter-in-place orders, and complying with guidance from health authorities. The following organizations have recently announced postponements, cancellations, and other shifts in concerts and related activities. Several orchestras are posting videos, recordings, and concert streams online free of charge, and many conservatories have moved to online learning. Please note that these organizations are revising their plans as the situation evolves; refer to their individual websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information. (This list is not complete, and we will continue to post announcements as they arrive.)

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (Indiana) has announced August 15 as the new date for Alfred Savia’s final concert as music director, a performance of Puccini’s Turandot followed by a celebratory afterparty. Savia’s farewell concert had originally been scheduled for April 25.

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Canada) has suspended the remainder of its 2019-20 season in accordance with government restrictions on large gatherings. On its “MCO at Home” site, the orchestra is posting videos of archival concerts; new content for which its musicians will be paid; and teaching resources for K-12 teachers and parents from the orchestra’s interactive learning guides and archival concert recordings.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (Tennessee) has announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 season. The orchestra states that it will continue paying musicians through the coronavirus crisis. New content by Memphis Symphony musicians and Music Director Robert Moody is being posted on social media, and radio station WKNO FM 91.1 is broadcasting archival performances by the orchestra ​on alternate Fridays.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Australia) has cancelled or postponed all performances until June 30, due to the extended closure of concert venues including Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Recital Centre, Costa Hall, and Robert Blackwood Hall. Pops and film-with-orchestra performances will be rescheduled. The orchestra had previously cancelled concerts through April 13. The orchestra has been streaming performances on its YouTube channel since March 16.

The Omaha Symphony (Nebraska) has cancelled and postponed all concerts due to the shutdown of the Holland Performing Arts Center and Joslyn Museum through April 30. The orchestra had previously cancelled concerts through the end of March. The orchestra has launched “Omaha Symphony | Anywhere,” an initiative featuring broadcasts of archived recordings on 90.7 – KVNO, online education videos for students, teachers, and families, and social media content from musicians.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (Oklahoma) has cancelled concerts through April 24. The orchestra’s new #MusicUnitesAll online program invites the community to post videos of themselves, family, or friends singing or playing “America The Beautiful” and to tag the Tulsa Symphony and use #MusicUnitesAll.

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina) has cancelled concerts through May 10 in compliance with guidelines from the state and recommendations from the CDC.

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