Dallas’s Concert Hall Turns 25 (Still Innovative?)

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“The trend in newer performing-arts facilities has been to make them more open, more populist, even more playful, as with Frank Gehry’s buildings. I’ll get myself into trouble for saying this, but the Meyerson is an unashamedly elitist building, in both good and bad ways.”

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Columbus Symphony Names New Music Director: Rossen Milanov

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The 49-year-old Bulgarian native, currently music director of New Jersey’s Princeton Symphony and Camden-based Symphony in C and a former associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, begins his initial four-year term next fall. He replaces Jean-Marie Zeitouni, “whose contract was not renewed last year by mutual agreement.”

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Robert Spano Pleads For Musicians In Letter To Atlanta Symphony

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“Mr. Spano took a step that music directors rarely take, and weighed in on the negotiations. He and Donald Runnicles, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor, wrote a letter in which they said, ‘We ask the board and management to acknowledge the sacrifice the musicians have already made, and to examine other ways and areas to establish sustainability.'”

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What Motivates Street Performers When Everything Seems Set Against Them

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“Though he has a license from the city, he’s received tickets for using public property for storage after putting down his spare clarinet on a sidewalk while he played, and for ‘super noise’ while playing his clarinet without an amp on Michigan Avenue. On multiple occasions he has been to court, where judges throw out the case every time.”

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Chicago Symphony’s New President Has Big Shoes To Fill

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“Once [Jeff] Alexander takes command, he will have his work cut out for him.” Deborah Rutter really is a tough act to follow. But, writes John von Rhein, though Alexander hasn’t (yet) been as high-profile as, say, Rutter or Deborah Borda or Alison Vulgamore, he has plenty of experience that will stand him in good stead.

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Why Has The BBC Been Editing New Music Out Of Its Proms Broadcasts?

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Prominent figures from the classical music world have united to condemn the excision of new music from the televised Proms. Susanna Eastburn, the chief executive of Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, said it was “a policy-by-implication which assumes that audiences won’t like new music, and that it’s not valued by the BBC”.

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Icelanders, Laplanders, Turks, Oh My! Excellent Orchestras In Unexpected Places

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David Patrick Stearns: “Symphony orchestras draw great cachet from their geographical homes: Any group with Vienna, Berlin, or Amsterdam in its name is going to command immediate attention from audiences … So can an orchestra from Turkey, Iceland, or Lapland hope to be noticed at the world’s busiest orchestra festival, [the BBC Proms]? Actually, it can.”

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How Heiner Goebbels Got Harry Partch’s Insane Magnum Opus Onto The Stage

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“Partch’s masterpiece is the bizarre 1960s music drama Delusion of the Fury. It is outlandish and magnificent and … if it is hardly ever staged that’s because it can’t be: it requires its very own orchestra of hand-built instruments, each one specially invented by Partch to play his unique microtonal music.” But Goebbels – who has created a few insane music-theater spectacles of his own in his day – pulled it off.

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Down To The Wire At The Atlanta Symphony Contract Talks

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“We must avoid the residue of discord and acrimony. The concept that stopping the music — whether characterized as lockout or strike — as a reasonable alternative is unfathomable, deeply divisive, and would be a tragic mistake.” – See more at:

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This Piece Is Written To Be Played By A Forest

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In the outdoor sound installation Living Symphonies, detailed data mapping of a patch of woodland meets instrumental motifs composed for each of that patch’s inhabitants, animal and vegetable. “Only the fragments that reflect the forest’s activity – be it the snare-drum rattle of the squirrel running up a tree, the soprano sax and clarinet piece of the goldcrest flying overhead, or the creaking melody of the tam-tam drums and body of a double bass of the giant sequoia tree – are played through the speakers in real-time, the piece continually developing … ‘solely at the whims of the forest’.”

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Fabio Luisi To Lead Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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“The music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera has a new gig … Mr. Luisi, 55, signed a three-year contract with the [DNSO] from 2017 through 2020, his representatives said, and plans to step up his appearances with the orchestra even before that.”

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