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NSO Plants Trees to Mitigate Environmental Damage from Tour

February 23, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Beginning in early 2020, the pandemic shut down almost everything but online activities by symphony orchestras for nearly two years. During that time, there were several heartfelt musings by industry leaders suggesting that international touring … » Read

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City of Birmingham Arts Groups Face Drastic Cuts

February 22, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The City of Birmingham (U.K.), which declared bankruptcy last September, has announced some drastic cuts over the next two years  to tackle a £300m budget shortfall. Arts groups are particularly impacted. In addition to increasing … » Read

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Wallace Foundation Studies Audience Building & Finds No 'Magic Bullet'

February 22, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In Search of the Magic Bullet , a report released by the Wallace Foundation, summarizes insights gained from a four-year initiative that saw the funder invest nearly $41 million in grants supporting audience-building projects by 25 performing … » Read

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Orchestra on Tour: A Logistical, Environmental Challenge

February 22, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Taking a symphony orchestra on the road has many of the challenges of a small military campaign, fortunately without any of the attendant bloodshed. When the National Symphony Orchestra recently departed Washington for its first European tour … » Read

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Colburn School Updates $400M Expansion Plans

February 21, 2024 | Taylor Grant,  Musical America
The timetable and costs for the Colburn School 100,000-sq.-ft. expansion, designed by Frank Gehry, have been updated. Initially announced in March of 2022 , and situated next to the School's Grand Avenue campus in downtown Los Angeles, the … » Read

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Orchestras + Healthcare Activities=A Good ROI

February 21, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A new report issued at the annual conference of the Association of British Orchestras this past January emphasizes the good work orchestra musicians do in formal and informal care settings throughout the U.K. The Orchestras in Healthcare report , … » Read

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Playing in a State-funded Ensemble Is Not as Secure as It Seems

February 21, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
It is received wisdom among classical musicians in the U.S. that a career in Europe offers a great deal more stability because governments at all levels subsidize the arts. “Yes, but…,” responds Heather Kurzbauer, a violinist … » Read

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Met Opera in 2024-25: 6 New Stagings, 4 New Directors

February 21, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 season, which opens September 23 with Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded , continues emphasizing contemporary operas, this time all tried and tweaked elsewhere before coming to the Met stage. That includes the … » Read

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Capturing Maestro's Sound

February 20, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
One of the many appeals of Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-nominated film Maestro is the authenticity of its musical performances, most especially the recreation of the London Symphony Orchestra’s 1973 performance of Mahler’s … » Read

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St. Louis Symphony Rolls Out Its 145th Season

February 19, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The 2024-25 season of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO), the ensemble’s 145 th and Stéphane Denève’s sixth as music director, kicks off on Sept. 19 with the traditional free concert on Art Hill in Forest Park. Over … » Read

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