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New Maestros in Phoenix, Miami, and Jacksonville

May 20, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
After a two-year search, the Phoenix Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Phoenix, AZ, has named former Kings Singer Christopher Gabbitas [pictured] as artistic director starting next season. He succeeds Charles Bruffy who led the choir … » Read
 

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Young American Named Chief Conductor of the NWD

May 20, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Jonathon Heyward, assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra , winner of the 2015  Besançon competition , has been named as the new chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (NWD), effective in January 2021. Much is … » Read
 

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Dudamel Grabs Another Gold Ring

May 19, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
When Gustavo Dudamel first burst on the scene with his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, one of their signature pieces was “Mambo” from West Side Story . The players, often clad in their signature yellow-red-and-blue bomber … » Read
 

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Ward Stare to Exit Rochester Philharmonic

May 16, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Conductor Ward Stare, 36, will not renew his contract as music director of the Rochester Philharmonic when it expires at the end of the summer in 2021. He has been in the job since 2014. He arrived at a chaotic time for the orchestra, which had … » Read
 

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Juilliard Names New Dean of Prep School

May 16, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Longtime Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trombonist Weston Sprott is the new dean of Juilliard’s preparatory division, overseeing the school’s pre-college division and Music Advancement Program (MAP). He will also remain with the MET … » Read
 

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Cellist, LA Chamber O Founder James Arkatov, Dies

May 16, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
James Arkatov, who 51 years ago founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and became its first principal cellist, died on Saturday, May 12. He was 98. Arkatov arrived from Russia in San Francisco at age five with his family. He began … » Read
 

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One Year On, Fired Soprano Wins Her Case

May 16, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
A little over a year ago, the Hamburg State Opera, unbelievably,  fired soprano Julie Fuchs because she was four months pregnant. It did so without input from her or her physician. At the time, she wrote on Facebook, “The Staatsoper … » Read
 

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Alexandria Symphony Hires Conductor as Executive Director

May 15, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
George Hanson is the new executive director of the Alexandria (VA) Symphony Orchestra as of June 1. He succeeds Paul Frank, who died two years ago after four months in the job. Hanson arrives in the Virginia orchestra’s top administrative … » Read
 

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Ann Arbor Symphony's Exec Director Exits as New President Elected

May 15, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony, with an annual budget of $1.6 million, is in for some major changes at the top. Mary Steffek Blaske, the orchestra’s executive director of 25 years, has said she will retire. At the same time, the … » Read
 

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New Music Directors at Three Regional Orchestras

May 15, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Anthony Parnther [pictured] is the new music director of the San Bernadino [CA] Symphony, effective next fall. He becomes the 16th individual to do so since the organization’s founding in 1929. Also music director of the Southeast … » Read
 
 

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