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Ben Brantley to Exit The New York Times

September 11, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
New York Times Chief Theater Critic, the most powerful voice in theater criticism and one that can close a show with a semicolon, is soon to be an open position. Ben Brantley will be stepping down as of October 15, having been with the paper … » Read

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Yuval Sharon to Michigan Opera Theater

September 9, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Yuval Sharon, MacArthur Fellow, darling of the avantgarde, interim artistic advisor of the Long Beach Opera, has just added another feather to his cap: The Michigan Opera Theater has tapped him as artistic director. His appointment concludes a … » Read

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Ex Shanghai Quartet Player Files Lawsuit vs. Former Partners

September 8, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Violinist Yi-Wen Jiang is suing Montclair (NJ) State University and its resident Shanghai Quartet for firing him from the ensemble for a social media post he wrote calling Chinese people pigs ( pig emoji). At the time, it was reported that he had … » Read

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Davóne Tines's Tribute to the Late Julius Eastman

September 8, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
When Davóne Tines created a video for the annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival featuring Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc , by the late Julius Eastman , he didn’t anticipate the controversy that arose from some of … » Read

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Matthew VanBesien on His Current Job and His Last One

September 8, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Arts organizations that choose to go dormant for the 2020-21 season may be missing a vital chance to stay “dialed in” and serve their communities, according to Matthew VanBesien, president of the University Musical Society in Ann … » Read

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The Previous Generation of Black Conductors

September 3, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Black symphony and opera conductors were not always as rare a commodity as they are today. During the middle decades of the previous century, a generation of African American maestros regularly manned the podiums of major orchestras such as … » Read

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For the First Black Female Principal of a Major Orchestra, It Was Never Easy

September 3, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Ann Hobson Pilot became the first black female principal player in a major orchestra back in 1969 when the Boston Symphony hired her as its principal harp. Retired since 2009, she is now 76 and living in Florida, having survived all manner of … » Read

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Musical Chairs at Two String Quartets

September 3, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Ohio-based Carpe Diem String Quartet has a new cellist in Ariana Nelson, a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and on the faculty of Texas Southern University. Nelson, who studied at Juilliard with Darrett Adkins, joins the … » Read

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Orchestra League CEO Jesse Rosen: The Exit Interview

September 2, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
In June of 2019, Jesse Rosen  announced that he would be moving on from his post as president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in September 2020. He has been with the League for 22 years, the last 12 of them in the top position. … » Read

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New Artist of the Month: Composer Katherine Balch

September 1, 2020 | Joshua Kosman, Musical America
The first thing a listener is apt to notice about the music of composer Katherine Balch is its combination of familiarity and other-worldliness. The harmonies and rhythms that underlie much of her work are fundamentally akin to those of Schubert, … » Read

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