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Festival of North American Orchestras Planned for Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Armed with nearly a million dollars in seed funding, the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing arts have announced a new three-year festival of North American orchestras.
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Orchestras Must Recruit More Black and Latino Musicians, Says Sphinx President

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Aaron Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization offered a stinging critique of the orchestra field in a speech Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, saying that symphonies aren't doing nearly enough to diversify their ranks.

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Report: Opera Attendance Drops, Digital Engagement Rises

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The advocacy group Americans for the Arts has just published a 145-page report on the nation's arts scene health. Here's what it said about opera.

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Conducting Business

Is Timid Programming Classical Music's Biggest Threat?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

When times are tough, a lot of arts groups go for the sure thing. But it turns out that familiar programming doesn't always mean a more loyal or engaged audience.

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'All-Star Orchestra,' a Made-for-TV Symphony, Hits the Airwaves

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It’s the age-old problem of putting symphony orchestras on television: they're not as much fun to look at as to listen to. A new television series aims to overcome this.

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Foreclosure Averted, Nashville Symphony Now Faces Tough Labor Talks

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Two months after narrowly averting a foreclosure on its concert hall, the Nashville Symphony now faces difficult contract talks with its musicians.

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San Francisco Symphony Musicians Vote to Authorize Strike

Friday, March 08, 2013

Musicians in the San Francisco Symphony, frustrated with bargaining over a new contract, voted to authorize a strike on Wednesday night. The vote comes just before a scheduled East Coast tour which includes two performances at Carnegie Hall.

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Extraordinary Orchestras: Ravi Shankar, and Iva Bittova

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sometimes diverse musical influences intersect in the orchestra, with exciting results. David Garland presents selections from Ravi Shankar's "Music Festival from India" from 1976, and highlights from a brand new recording, "Zvon," which features Czech singer/violinist/composer Iva Bittova with the Prague Philharmonic. Each musician's unique vision takes on majestic dimensions when presented with orchestra.

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Underwhelming Tenors and Dancing Orchestras: Anne Midgette's 2012 Music Survey

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares some of her musical favorites from the past year -- including a dancing orchestra (seriously, watch the video). And, she takes aim at some opera crossover artists who aren't living up to their own hype. 

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Conducting Business

How Troubled Orchestras Can Bounce Back – And Flourish

Friday, September 14, 2012

Recently, WQXR.org polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several American cities. In this segment, we pose your comments to three experts.

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Poll: What Would Help Troubled American Orchestras?

Monday, September 10, 2012

In advance of a WQXR discussion on several troubled American orchestras we'd like to get your input on the topic. Take our polls.

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Conducting Business

Freelance Musicians See Jobs Dwindle. Will Audiences Notice?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Many of the regional orchestras, Broadway pits and jingle houses that freelancers rely on have cut back or shuttered, forcing musicians to get more creative.

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Colorado Symphony Musicians Agree to Pay Cuts While Board Flees

Monday, September 26, 2011

On Friday the Colorado Symphony musicians voted to accept emergency cuts of nine percent – but not before two thirds of the orchestra’s board of directors resigned, apparently tired of the musicians’ unwillingness to move quickly enough.

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WQXR Features

Help Wanted: Orchestra Musician. Job May or May Not Actually Exist.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The New York Philharmonic, for various reasons, hasn’t filled certain vacancies in the ensemble for several years. They're not alone. In one case, an orchestra had an open slot for about a decade.

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WQXR Features

American Orchestras: Endangered Species?

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra has become the first major U.S. orchestra to file for bankruptcy. Now many communities are wondering: what's the prognosis for my symphony? On May 3 join us for a discussion on American orchestras, webcast at WQXR.org.

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The Takeaway

Another Major Orchestra in Financial Trouble

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's not the first, and it might not be the last either; the Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy over the weekend, showing that even the country's most celebrated symphonies are feeling both short term and long term economic pain. In existence for 111 years, the orchestra played an instrumental role in bringing the caliber of U.S. classical music up to that offered overseas, and is listed among the top seven in the nation. But everything from high rent at the organization's Kimmel Center to disputes over musicians' benefits and sagging ticket sales has left the Orchestra with a $5 million deficit this year. Are orchestras on the verge of extinction? 

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Classic Congo: 'Kinshasa Symphony' Opens New York's African Film Festival

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mahen Bonetti, founder of the New York African Film Festival has an annual dilemma. From a program of over 30 films, she has to pick one to be the opening feature. The film has to be so enticing the audience is eager to come back to see more. That's a lot of pressure, but Bonetti is used to it. She's been selecting African films for New Yorkers for the last eighteen years.

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Conducting Business

American Orchestras Face the Music

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's season-long strike has been the starkest reminder of the challenging times facing many of America's 1,800 orchestras. In this special podcast, we ask whether the supply has outstripped demand for the art form.

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Top Five Ways to Open a Season

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

For symphony orchestras, the opening concert often makes a statement on the season that's to follow. Here are five archetypes for symphonic season openers - from bold-face names to bombast.

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