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A New Concert Grand in Heinz Hall

June 23, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) purchase of a new nine-foot grand piano ($198,000), delayed two years by the pandemic, began at the Steinway showroom on Sixth Ave. in Manhattan, when Yefim Bronfman, a frequent PSO collaborator, … » Read

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Study Claims Orchestra Rep Growing More Diverse

June 22, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
A new report from the League of American Orchestras and the Institute for Composer Diversity contains encouraging news for the classical music world’s efforts to increase performances of works by women and composers of color. The 2022 … » Read

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WSJ Editorial Page Writer Disses Contemporary Music (and Critics)

June 22, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
John Mauceri’s recent book The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century has caught the attention of Barton Swaim, an editorial-page writer for the Wall Street Journal . Politics is Swaim’s usual arena, but, as his review … » Read

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Broadway Drops Mask Mandate

June 22, 2022 | Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — In another sign that the world of entertainment is returning to pre-pandemic normal, Broadway theaters will no longer demand audiences wear masks starting in July. The Broadway League announced Tuesday that mask-wearing will … » Read

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Ukrainian Parliament Bans Russian Music

June 21, 2022 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A two-thirds majority of the Ukrainian parliament has voted to ban some Russian music in media and public spaces. The works banned include those created or performed by anyone who is or was a Russian citizen after 1991—the year Ukraine … » Read

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Odesa National Opera Reopens with a Gala and a Bomb Shelter Nearby

June 21, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
“If an air aid lasts for longer than an hour, the performance is cancelled." If less than an hour, the cost of a  ticket includes free access to the bomb shelter. The announcement launched the gala reopening of the Odesa National … » Read

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London Strikes Impact ROH but Not the ENO (Yet)

June 21, 2022 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Rail strikes in the U.K. have forced the cancellation of many performances, simply because neither staff nor audiences are able to reach their respective destinations. West End theaters are canceling on a case-by-case basis, the English National … » Read

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At BAM, 2021-22 Was One of Its Best

June 20, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
For the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), variety is both the spice and the sustenance of life. While most arts presenters struggled to reclaim their balance after the pandemic, BAM just completed one of its best years ever. Even better was the … » Read

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San Antonio Symphony Is No More

June 17, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
After months of stalled negotiations, capping years of the same and financial struggle, the San Antonio Symphony board has started proceedings for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Memo from the board: “With deep regret, the Board of Directors of the … » Read

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String Quartet Fired for Playing Rep by Dead White Men Is Back

June 17, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
On May 10, the members of the DaPonte String Quartet received a terse letter from the recently hired executive director notifying them that “your position as a salaried musician will be eliminated as of May 10, 2022.” Cellist Myles … » Read

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