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A Few High-profile Faculty Appointments

August 13, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Violinist Gil Shaham has joined the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory in upstate New York. Shaham, Musical America’s 2012 Instrumentalist of the Year and among the world’s most celebrated (and recorded) musicians, will teach … » Read

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NY Phil, SFS Play for Audiences of One to Five

August 13, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Classical musicians on opposite coasts in the U.S. are taking music to the public in an intimate, up-close-and-personal manner in an effort to keep their art alive while awaiting the pandemic’s end and the opportunity to once again come … » Read

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Box Office Opens at New Live Concert Streaming Platform

August 13, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The box office for a new online live concert platform,, is officially open, with tickets for the inaugural, August 22 concert by cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Hélène Grimaud going for $25. Artists set their own … » Read

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Study Seeks Ways to Keep Students Performing -- Together

August 13, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
A coalition of over 125 performing arts organizations--ranging from Opera America and the National Association of Teachers of Singing to Athletes and the Arts and the Oahu Band Directors Association—is researching the effects of COVID-19 … » Read

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Tulsa Opera Plays Ball with Rigoletto

August 12, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Tulsa Opera will open its 2020-21 season on October 9 with a new Rigoletto , staged on the local, Tulsa Drillers' ONEOK ballfield, which, even with proper social distancing, can accommodate a crowd of 2,700. Baseball fans are encouraged to … » Read


Finally, a First Recording of Ethel Smyth's The Prison

August 12, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
There’s a telling photo included in the booklet for the world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison . Taken in 1922 at the inaugural International Society for Contemporary Music Festival in Salzburg, there she stands, … » Read

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Houston Grand Goes All-Digital in 2020-21

August 12, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
As an antidote to the cessation of live performances necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is going digital in a big way. From Sept. 2020 through April 2021 the company, in collaboration with the Austin Opera, … » Read

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Six Non-white Artists Talk to the Issue, Favor Blind Auditions

August 12, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
There is no hiding the fact that American orchestras have a “diversity deficit.” In 2014 African American and Latinx musicians comprised just 2.5 percent of professional orchestra members in the U.S. Orchestral programming mirrors … » Read

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Former OTSL Director of Artistic Administration Arrested

August 11, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Damon Bristo recently resigned director of artistic administration for the Opera Theater of St. Louis. He had been placed on unpaid leave upon his arrest on July 23 for child sex trafficking in the second degree. The news was first reported on … » Read

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Manhattan School Taps Tazewell Thompson

August 11, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) has named Tazewell Thompson as director of opera studies in the school’s Vocal Arts Division. The Harlem native, who assumes his position immediately, is charged with developing a cohesive vision for the … » Read

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