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NY Phil Takes on 'Music of Conscience'

May 23, 2019 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The New York Philharmonic is winding up its current season with a series of concerts provocatively titled “Music of Conscience.” Featuring works by composers responding to political tyranny (Beethoven and Shostakovich on this first … »Read

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Welsh National Opera Managing Director to Exit

May 23, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Leonora Thomson, managing director of the Welsh National Opera, is to step down on July 1, as Aidan Lang takes over as general director . Lang arrives after four years in the top job at the Seattle Opera. “In February of last year, … »Read

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Robert F. Smith's Philanthropy Goes Public

May 23, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Carnegie Hall President and tech billionaire Robert F. Smith is the world’s wealthiest African American and also one the world’s most generous philanthropists. According to Inside Philanthropy , the 2016 tax records for his Fund II … »Read

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Study Attempts to Discover What Opera Audiences Really Want

May 23, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The shrinking audience for opera has become a familiar trope that often occasions a combination of hand wringing and ill-conceived efforts to lure younger attendees. “The traditional subscription audience is declining as people age out of … »Read

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Newly Discovered Wills of Aretha Franklin

May 23, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
When Aretha Franklin died in August 2018, her family reported that she did not have a will. Discoveries made in early May by Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and her estate’s personal representative, suggest that the Queen of Soul may … »Read

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Bach Choir Artistic and Executive Leaders to Retire

May 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The two mainstays of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem have simultaneously announced their plans to retire: Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld [pictured] will step down in June 2021, after 38 years, and Executive Director Bridget George will … »Read




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