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Australia loses a concertmaster

We hear that Eoin Andersen is leaving the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra after two years. The Wiconsin violinist, formerly principal second violin of Zurich Opera, maintains a second home in Berlin. His departure was reported on classical radio.

Orchestra parents warned their sons about James Levine

VAN magazine has a thoughtful piece from a writer, Ben Miller, whose father was a cellist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra when James Levine was music director. The artcle is titled ‘On Knowing and not Knowing about James Levine’. Sample: When I was 12 years old and James Levine began his tenure as Music Director […]

The Slatkins give $100,000 for Detroit young artists

Lovely gesture from a departing music director. Press release: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that its Music Director Leonard Slatkin and his wife, composer Cindy McTee, have committed $100,000 to the DSO’s endowment to showcase an emerging artist each season. Show More Summary

Marin Alsop To Leave São Paulo Symphony After 2019

The Fundação Osesp, the organization that operates the orchestra, has announced that Alsop will become Honorary Conductor as of 2020 and that a fellowship for young conductors will be established in her honor. While the announcement was full of praise for Alsop's achievements with the orchestra (notably a much higher international profile), the assumption seems […]

Marin Alsop shutters up in Brazil

press release: The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Foundation – Fundação Osesp is proud to announce that our Music Director Marin Alsop will become Conductor of Honour at the end of her 8-year tenure, in December 2019. Since she became Chief Conductor, in 2012 (and Music Director one year later), Marin Alsop has been responsible for […]

Indianapolis Symphony Posts Record Ticket Sales

"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced its fifth straight year of record ticket sales during the 2016-17 season while meeting budget projections for the fourth time in five years."

Indy Symphony’s on a ticket high

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra sold more tickets than ever before in the year ending August 31 and scored a small surplus of $27,000 on a $26 million turnover. A new chief exec is expected to be announced any day now. Details here.    

James Levine: Boston shows some passion

Unlike lawyer-vetted statements by other orchestras distancing themselves from the disgraced ex-music director, the Boston Symphony has let its feelings show in a belated announcement last night. It calls his alleged conduct ‘horrific’ and says Boston will never work with him again. Statement: In light of the recent horrific allegations against James Levine outlined in […]

Finland is 100 today and the music goes on and on

The national colours are blue and white. The nation was defined by Jean Sibelius in 1899. Today, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu, will perform two world premieres: Lotta Wennäkoski: Untill the Dreams and Magnus Lindberg: Tempus fugit, followed by the Kullervo-symphony by Sibelius, with 150 singers from the Estonian national male choir and the […]

Fanfare for Manny Laureano

(Scott Johnson) Manny Laureano is the founder of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and the principal trumpet in the Minnesota Orchestra. We got to know him when our number two daughter played under Manny’s direction for four years in the MYS. Show More Summary

Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland disown James Levine

From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) learned of the recent allegations against James Levine through reports in the media. The CSOA finds these allegations deeply troubling. The Ravinia Festival engages the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for several weeks of concerts each summer. Show More Summary

A Symphony Breathes Life Into 400 Broken School Instruments

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

David Lang’s “symphony for a broken orchestra” had its premiere as part of a project to fix damaged instruments from Philadelphia’s public schools.

James Levine: Boston Symphony has its say

Statement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra: ‘The Boston Symphony Orchestra learned about the recent allegations against James Levine on Saturday evening, December 2. The BSO finds this information deeply disturbing and awaits the findings of further investigations on the matter. Mr. Levine has not conducted the BSO since January 2011 and is not scheduled to […]

The Orchestra Of Broken Instruments Shows What Happens When School Funding Gets Cut

Composer David Lang wrote the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, and "more than 1,500 broken musical instruments have been sourced from the dusty corridors of the School District of Philadelphia, which has no budget to fix them."

Now Yuja Wang comes out in her undies

Yuja Wang came out to play Prokofiev’s 5th last night with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. One of our readers in the audience gives this description of her outfit: ‘all black, pantyhose, over-the-knee high heel boots, black bra and black very little and very tight shorts that look more like panties.’ Anne Midgette writes […]

Woman Screams During Orchestra Performance When Bass Drum Hits

last weekHumor / odd : Geekologie

This is a video of the North State Symphony performing Stravinsky's The Firebird at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, California when a loud change in the music and bass drum blast causes a female audience member to scream. Most people are reporting she was asleep and the drum woke her, but I suspect she's just an easily frightened old lady. Show More Summary

UK orchestra is declared ‘dementia friendly’

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has won a National Dementia Friendly Award. Dougie Scarfe Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra said: “We could not be more proud and honoured to win Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Organisation of the year. The award is an outstanding tribute to the superb work of the BSO team in using music to empower the […]

Listen To This Year's Grawemeyer Award Winner, Bent Sørensen's 'L'Isola Della Città'

"Written for the Danish ensemble Trio con Brio and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, which gave its premiere last year, L'Isola della Città ('The Island in the City') unfolds over nearly half an hour in five continuous movements. Stealthy and subtle, its central threesome of soloists - piano, violin and cello, as in Beethoven's Triple […]

Sleeping Audience Member Awakes With a Scream as Orchestra Plays a Louder Part of the Movement

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

During a performance of the Stravinsky ballet piece “The Firebird” by the North State Symphony at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, California, an audience member who had evidently been lulled to sleep by the hushed parts awoke with an audible yelp when the symphony had moved on to a more dramatic and louder movement of...

Just in: New York Phil hires two new public faces

Deborah Borda has named two vice-presidents in a day, changing the orchestra’s public face. Adam Crane head of external affairs at St Louis Symphony for the past nine years, becomes V-P external affairs. Susan Madden, who has been raising big money at several Ny institutions, becomes V-P development. Those are two tough jobs.  

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