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Orchestra news bubbling to the surface these days is up-beat!

How the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Engineered its Turnaround Janelle Gelfand
A success story of one of the country's major symphony orchestras! With $26 million in gifts, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be able to hire 14 new players over the next five years.

Eric Jacobsen New Music Director of Orlando Philharmonic
Orlando Sentinel: Matthew J. Palm
Eric Jacobsen, known around the globe for his work with cutting-edge string quartet Brooklyn Rider and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is the new music director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ditching Sheet Music, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Plays From Memory
The Globe and Mail
A new technique that is key to the company’s multimedia, storytelling concerts that also feature a narrator, a script, visual images and video.

Houston Symphony to Add Four String Players for Community Outreach
Houston Chronicle: Andrew Dansby
In an effort to expand its reach throughout an increasingly diverse city, the Houston Symphony will hire four bilingual string musicians whose primary role will be outside Jones Hall.

At Baltimore Symphony's Request, Design Students Restyle Orchestra Attire
WQXR: Brian Wise
A multi-year project to redesign the tradition-bound orchestra attire, involving students and faculty at Parsons School of Design and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


The Time for the Arts to Make A Move in the Presidential Election is Now
Barry’s Blog
A call for a strategy to form an Arts Support Group that will reach out to Presidential candidates to try to get the Arts, and support for the Arts, on the candidate's agendas.

Why Don’t they Come to Arts Events?
createquity: Ian David Moss, Louise Geraghty, Clara Schuhmacher and Talia Gibas
It’s not just the price of admission that’s keeping poor and less-educated adults away from arts events.

Esa-Pekka Salonen: A Conductor in the Catbird Seat
San Francisco Chronicle: Joshua Kosman
When the New York Philharmonic announced earlier this year that Alan Gilbert would step down as music director in 2017, every armchair observer in the field immediately started drawing up rosters of possible successors. And at the top of nearly every wish list was the same name: Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Continuing Evolution of Pop Music
PSMag: Tom Jacobs
New research pinpoints three years of particularly rapid change.


Jacobs School Ensembles Win at 2015 Fishoff Competition
Fishoff Competition
Congratulations to the Jacobs School's Zorá String Quartet, Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Fishoff Chamber Music Competition! In addition, the Kenari Saxophone Quartet won the Silver Medal in the Senior Wind Division!

Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree
The Record : NPR
Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora continue to grow more popular with music fans — but not with musicians, who complain they used to earn more in royalties from CD sales and music downloads. Songwriters say they've been hit even harder, and the Department of Justice appears to be taking their complaints seriously: It's exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.

Orlando Ballet to Feature Live Orchestra all Season
Orlando Sentinel
For the first time in more than 20 years, every major Orlando Ballet performance next season will be accompanied by a live orchestra.

L.A. Phil proves Bach and Brahms are Still Revolutionary
LA Times: Mark Swed
But while its management and board were at a retreat to brainstorm about innovation Thursday, the orchestra's adventurous young music director began a diverse series of May concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall with a Brahms and Bach program confidently rooted in the past and one that drew a large, enthusiastic crowd.


15 European Opera Houses to Offer Free Online Streaming
New York Times: Michael Cooper
The operas — from 15 presenters including the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London and the Aix-en-Provence Festival — will be streamed live on the website of the Opera Platform, at

(Published prior to the recent UK election)
Five more Years of the Conservatives will Reduce the Arts to a National Joke
The Guardian: Jonathan Jones
Proposals for further enormous cuts that have more to do with ideology than necessity, combined with the Conservatives’ politically desperate promises not to destroy the NHS or education, mean the cultural sector will effectively be demolished by a second Cameron government.

Record Lottery Ticket Sales Boost Money for the Arts
The Stage: Georgia Snow
It represents a 2.6% increase on the previous year, which saw Lottery Good Causes benefit from £1.7 billion.

Suddenly, Tehran’s Mayor Becomes a Patron of the Arts
NYTimes: Thomas Erdbrink
The mayor of Tehran added one more title this week — patron of the arts — as he directed all of the city’s 1,500 billboards fitted out with copies of famous works of art, including many by prominent Western artists.

How Dance Lives in Iran Through YouTube
A new film, Desert Dancer, set in Iran celebrates freedom of expression through rhythm.


How The Hotel Industry Is Using Music To Find New Customers
Forbes: Hugh McIntyre
Music has been shown to be one of the things that 18-34 year olds value the most, and brands of all kinds are looking for innovative ways to incorporate music into their marketing plans, including fun live shows with some of the coolest names that are about to break into the big time.

President Obama to Recognize Emerging Global Entrepreneurs
The White House
This event comes ahead of the President’s travel to this summer’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya and provides a unique opportunity to galvanize global attention on emerging women and young entrepreneurs.

4 Reasons to Teach Kids Entrepreneurship Principles
Getting children involved in school and learning could be as easy as teaching them how to be entrepreneurs.

Many Baby Boomers Are Choosing Entrepreneurship Instead of Retiring
Entrepreneur: Peter Daisyme
If you think the largest demographic in the entrepreneurial world is millennials, think again. Baby boomers are actually the most powerful entrepreneurial group, giving up retirement for Career Number Two (or three, four and so on.)


Webcast of Summit on Arts and Aging
Recommendations to Inform White House Conference on Aging

Meaningful Moments in the Most Unlikely of Times: Arts-Based Interventions and Dementia
Kate de Medeiros
NEA: Cultural arts programs can achieve what medication can’t: the opportunity for meaningful moments in the most unlikely of times.


Life as Performance
IDEAS: Christopher Grobe
Q: Is it depressing or empowering to think of life as a performance?


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