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Orchestras on Tour

0 Ann Drinan
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Polyphonic has published several “travelogues” by touring orchestra members. Two writers that are particularly eloquent are Charles Rex, violinist with the New York Philharmonic, and Yvonne Caruthers, recently-retired ‘cellist with the National Symphony. Charles wrote about the NY Philharmonic’s tours to Vietnam and North Korea. While he was in North Korea in 2007, he sent

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More on Dallas

0 Robert Levine

One of the things that mystified me about the Dallas situation was the involvement of the NLRB; generally disputes between the union and management over contract administration are handled through the grievance arbitration process. Not this one, apparently: The union intervened after a January incident in which DSO management suspended without pay an associate principal

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Paul R. Judy Center Grant Recipient: Musica Nuova & The Weckmann Project present The Christmas Oratorio by Schutz

0 Stephen Danyew
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Looking for something fun to do this weekend in NYC? Check out this exciting production, funded in part by a 2014 Paul R. Judy Center Grant: Musica Nuova and The Weckmann Project present The Christmas Oratorio by Heinrich Schütz What: Musica Nuova and The Weckmann Project Present The Christmas Oratorio When: Satruday, December 6, 7PM and

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Stupid music director tricks, part the 11,347th

0 Robert Levine

Those handful of us in the orchestra blogging community can always count on some conductor, somewhere, doing or saying something really dumb to rescue us from having nothing to write about. Our latest benefactor is Jaap van Zweden, music director of the Dallas Symphony: Conductor Jaap van Zweden has won international praise for elevating the

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Memory is the first thing to go, and musicians remember what the second thing is, too

0 Robert Levine

Your mileage may vary, of course: …For those of us who don’t have the time nor will to train, it turns out our job choice might play a part in our ability to remember. A new study in Neurology looked at which professions, if any, best preserve memory and thinking abilities. The study looked at

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Baumol’s Cost Disease Is Killing Me!

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My Editor’s Choice post this time around is a blog/article that was just published a few days ago. It centers around Baumol’s curse. If you aren’t familiar with that term you will be after you read this article by Duncan Webb. And if you’re really into it you can find it discussed in eight different

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How to do hearing protection right

0 Robert Levine

There’s always talk about hearing protection, but I’ve heard of remarkably little action by orchestras on the subject. So this came as welcome news:  A program to protect Queensland Symphony Orchestra players in Australia from hearing loss is producing encouraging results, according to a new study. Sophisticated analyses of sound dynamics in concert halls led

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November 22, 1963

0 Robert Levine
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It wasn’t until I checked the date on my Macbook while writing an email that I realized that today was the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I found that a little disturbing, as the realization of the anniversary came to me without my looking it up for years and years.

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Friends come and go…

0 Robert Levine

Many years ago I had a colleague who used to say “friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.” It stuck with me, that saying. On the way home from a dinner party at this colleague’s house, my wife Emily remarked “did you notice how often he said ‘they used to be friends of ours’?” I’ve

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Someone else discovers gender discrimination in orchestras

0 Robert Levine

Long-time readers of this blog might remember an article I wrote in 2009 on the subject of discrimination in orchestras. I thought at the time that my survey of the rosters of ICSCOM orchestras demonstrated a marked differential between the number of men and women, especially in principal positions. Someone else has done much the

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How important are the views of wealthy donors?

0 Robert Levine

A recent kerfluffle in academia over an academic appointment made – and then unmade – by the University of Illinois to an academic who was accused of anti-Semitic tweets has raised the question of just how much influence big donors have over matters that traditionally were in the sole purview of the faculty and academic

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Is tenure good for musicians?

0 Robert Levine

An interest in the law inclines me to surf amongst the legal waves on the Internet, leading to the occasional odd discovery relevant to my day job. This post from the blog Lawyers, Guns and Money caught my eye: Recently Kyle Graham, a professor on the tenure track at Santa Clara Law School, announced on

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