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  • Conductor Alan Gilbert’s Thoughts on the Future of Orchestras
    Stephen Danyew - Apr 20, 2015

    The Guardian recently published an edited version of NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert’s 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture.  In the lecture, Gilbert describes his view of where we are today – how orchestras are doing some serious soul-searching to discover what role they will play in their communities going forward.  Orchestras are trying all

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  • Why Are People Starting New Orchestras?
    Stephen Danyew - Apr 14, 2015

    In “today’s arts climate,” which is often characterized by tales of diminishing audiences, revenue, and interest, why would anyone start a new orchestra? That is a question that Jennifer Melick considers in an intriguing article in the recent Symphony Magazine.  Melick spotlights eight recent orchestra startups and looks at the goals and creative ideas behind

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  • Music and politics, Part the Nth
    Robert Levine - Apr 8, 2015
    Robert Levine

    The Toronto Symphony finds itself in a kerfluffle, summarized neatly in an editorial in the Toronto Star: Talk about striking the wrong note. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is way off base with its decision to cancel performances this week by the Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa because of her social media comments attacking the Ukrainian government.

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  • The Physical Perspective
    Zachary Preucil - Apr 9, 2015

    Those of you who follow me regularly will know that “athleticism” is not a word that appears in my vocabulary. I can’t hit a baseball to save my life, couldn’t do a somersault if you paid me, and have always associated “P.E.” with the words “Physical Embarassment.” Thus, for the majority of my college years,

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  • Getting Millennials to Attend Arts Events
    Stephen Danyew - Apr 7, 2015

    Music organizations are among those who are thinking hard about how to attract millennials to their events.  (By the way, millenials represent the generation born between the early 1980st and the early 2000s.)   Articles on this topic are popping up frequently, and Thomas Cott recently devoted an edition of his popular daily “You’ve Cott Mail”

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