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Met Opera Launches Live Pay-per-view Series on July 18

July 11, 2020 | Susan Elliott
Taking a page from the artistic and technological success of its Online Gala, said to have broadened its donor reach by 30,000, the Metropolitan Opera has announced a new, live concert series featuring some of its top artists. The especially good … » Read

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Oregon Symphony Cancels Fall 2020

July 10, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Oregon Symphony has been forced to cancel its fall season due to the pandemic, having already laid off its orchestra and much of its staff last March . The plan is to return to business as usual in January, although finances indicate that may … » Read

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'Live from London': New Choral Series Launches Next Month

July 10, 2020 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Beginning on August 1, the VOCES8 Foundation will be presenting a 10-week online festival of choral music broadcast in HD from the VOCES8 Center. Live from London will feature some of the world’s most accomplished vocal ensembles performing … » Read

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UK Gov't OKs Outdoor Performances

July 10, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Beginning Saturday, July 11, the UK launches stage three of its reopening plan for the live entertainment industry. "This is an important milestone for our performing artists,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC. "Of course, we … » Read

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Kauffman Center Closed Through Dec.; Major Kansas City Groups Go Dark

July 10, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Following health officials’ guidelines, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, closed since March, will remain shuttered through December 31. This impacts the KC Symphony, KC Ballet, KC Lyric Opera, and the Harriman … » Read

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What Does Mellon's Shift to Social Justice Mean for Arts & Culture?

July 9, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, historically one of the largest supporters of the performing arts, has announced a shift in focus to social justice under its president of two years, Elizabeth Alexander. That, however, apparently does not mean a … » Read

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Montreal Symphony Heads to the Airport Parking Lot

July 9, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The pandemic is producing all sorts of innovative responses from musicians eager to perform. The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) has chosen one of the most unusual yet—a benefit concert at the YUL Montreal-Trudeau … » Read

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MacDowell Colony Is Now Simply, MacDowell

July 8, 2020 | Hillel Italie
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country’s oldest retreats for artists — The MacDowell Colony — will drop “Colony” from its name and call itself “MacDowell.” “This name change is at once a … » Read

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Minnesota O Swaps Indoor Concerts for Outdoor Soirées

July 8, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
On the same day that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 569 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number in over a month, the Minnesota Orchestra announced the cancellation of the four weeks of concerts it had scheduled for August and … » Read

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George Lewis Argues the Case for Black Composers

July 8, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Black composers are too often assumed to write little beyond jazz, blues, and rap—music said to “exemplify” the Black experience. But as the composer and musicologist George Lewis argues in The New York Times , “A cone of … » Read

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