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Chicago Philharmonic Society

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0 Ann Drinan

 Chicago Philharmonic Society An Orchestra Spotlight Ann Drinan, June 2014 When Paul Judy, Board Chairman of the Chicago Philharmonic Society (CPS), inquired as to whether Polyphonic would be interested in a story about the CPS organization, I was chagrined to admit that I was not familiar with it. My immediate question was, “What makes this

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Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra

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0 Ann Drinan

Portland is the largest city in Maine, and the Portland Symphony is the largest cultural institution in Maine. With a metropolitan population of about 230,000, the greater Portland area is home to almost one-quarter of Maine’s total population. However, the orchestra draws its audience from well beyond the Portland area, including south-central Maine and New

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Memphis Symphony Orchestra

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0 Ann Drinan

Currently Memphis is best known for its innovative community engagement programs, which bring MSO musicians into the community in a variety of very unusual ways. The orchestra recently announced that they will be receiving $1 million in support of their community engagement and professional support of musicians.

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National Symphony’s Residency in Kentucky

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0 Ann Drinan

Once again, NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers is sending daily “postcards” to Polyphonic about their residency – this year in Kentucky. Here’s a link to some pre-concert publicity from the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, Kentucky; and here’s a link to the NSO’s blog about their Residency, which includes some fun photos of the musicians (including Yvonne)

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National Symphony in West Virginia

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0 Ann Drinan

The National Symphony is in residence in West Virginia from April 6 through April 13. Cellist Yvonne Caruthers is sending Polyphonic postcards of their trip.

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Dayton Philharmonic

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0 Ann Drinan

The Dayton Philharmonic celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2008 and released an anniversary CD (featured here on our Spotlight), but their big celebration was in 2003, when they moved into the new Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center that March and started performing in the breath-taking Mead Theater.

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Fourth of July Concerts, 2009

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0 Ann Drinan

Most American orchestras perform an outdoor concert during the July 4th weekend, even those orchestras that don’t have a summer season. Here’s a sample.

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Baltimore Symphony’s Dan Trahey and El Sistema

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0 Ann Drinan

Dan Trahey & José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema
I hope that these postcards will expose my readers to the wonders of El Sistema and help invigorate educators, musicians, administrators, parents, students, and community members through the belief that we can create social change through music.

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National Symphony in China

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0 Ann Drinan

The National Symphony Orchestra left for China on June 6, 2009, and NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers is sending us “postcards” from their trip.

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

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0 Ann Drinan

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has had a difficult history – formed in 1991 as a musician-owned collaborative orchestra after the bankruptcy and demise of the New Orleans Symphony. Their governance structure is unique among American symphony orchestras, and the hard work and dedication of the musicians finally resulted in a very successful organization. Then hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005 and nearly destroyed their city and their orchestra. Read about the amazing triumph of the LPO 3 ½ years after the storm.

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The Detroit Symphony

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0 Ann Drinan

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is noted for its magnificent Orchestra Hall, its extensive discography of recordings, its wonderful relationship with so many outstanding music directors, and its first-in-the-country radio broadcasts.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra

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0 Ann Drinan

The Philadelphia Orchestra – the name says it all. Three equal words. And those words have come to mean “a product of the highest quality.” The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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