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 NewRead This Spotlight →
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Symphony Orchestra left for China on June 6, 2009, and NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers is sending us “postcards” from their trip.
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.
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.
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.
The Toledo Symphony has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs nearly eighty professional musicians. The TSO employs nine musicians on staff, participated in the Mellon Foundations’ Orchestra Forum, and has a healthy endowment.