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Building Arts Audiences

0 Ann Drinan
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In the fall of 2014, the Wallace Foundation published a report by market research expert Bob Harlow: The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences. The study profiles ten arts organizations that received funding from the Wallace Foundation to develop audience-building initiatives. Among the ten are the Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera, Pacific

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An Interview with Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

0 Ann Drinan
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Last May, as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians were facing a difficult negotiation, Local 802 published a lovely and insightful interview with Elaine Douvas in Allegro, their monthly newspaper. Bob Pawlo, Local 802 recording rep, asked her many questions that delved into the complex life of a principal player in perhaps the world’s most demanding

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Benjamin Franklin and the Reflective Conservatoire

0 Tony Woodcock
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I recently heard a mordantly humorous new take on Benjamin Franklin’s most famous quote: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and the immutability of conservatoires."

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Afa Sadykhly Dworkin to Become President of Sphinx Organization

0 Ann Drinan
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The Sphinx Organization recently sent out a notice that Afa S. Dworkin will succeed her husband, Aaron Dworkin, as President and Artistic Director of the Spinx Organization on July 20. Aaron Dworkin has been named the new dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. According to Board Chair Dr. William

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An El Sistema Controversy

0 Ann Drinan

Last November, Dr. Geoffrey Baker, a music lecturer at the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, published a book that is quite critical of the founder of the El Sistema movement in Venezuela, Dr. José Abreu, and the El Sistema program itself. Various reviews of Baker’s book, El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth (Oxford University Press,

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Aaron Flagg on Breaking the Fourth Wall

0 Ann Drinan
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In the Fall issue of Symphony magazine, Aaron Flagg describes a concert by the Seattle Symphony during the League’s annual Conference. The concert featured a performance of “Baby Got Back” by rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot; Aaron compares it to the chaos that erupted at the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. “The Seattle Symphony’s performance

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Senza Sordino Editor Richard Levine: An Editor’s Parting Thoughts

0 Robert Levine
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Richard Levine has the distinction (along with the late Henry Shaw) of being the longest-serving editor of Senza Sordino in ICSOM’s history. His thoughts on departing from the post were contained in a long article in the August 2014 edition of the newsletter. Richard has been a friend for a long time, so I will

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What I did on my summer vacation

0 Robert Levine

Quite literally what I did for two weeks last summer.

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Just wrong

1 Robert Levine

The New York Youth Symphony is concerned about exposing its members to music that was sung by Nazis: Jonas Tarm had won the kind of opportunity most young composers can only dream of: the New York Youth Symphony had commissioned a piece from him and planned to play it this Sunday at Carnegie Hall. But

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On playing pieces for the last time

0 Robert Levine

One of the oddities of an orchestral career is the lack of control that we have over what we play. A consequencesof that odd fact is that, towards the end of a career, it’s possible to state with some certainty that one will have played a work for the last time. I’ve been musing on

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League Offers Free Conference Registration to Musicians from League Member Orchestras

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The League of American Orchestras recently opened registration for their 2015 Conference to be held May 27-29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  They are offering free conference registrations to “musicians from League member orchestras only – cannot have any administrative or conducting responsibilities at your orchestra.” View the full conference schedule here.

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Why Does London Need a New Concert Hall?

0 Tony Woodcock
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The press and media are all over this one and obviously excited at the prospect of luring back Rattle to his homeland. They also argue for something that London really needs. And this feeding frenzy, I fear, could obscure some rational and strategic thinking that needs to be put in place before anyone signs up for a project.

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