Orchestra Update

 

 

February 14, 2017  

 


 

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Making the arts accessible to all: Gustavo Dudamel in Symphony
 
Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel's inspiring words at a ceremony for recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal are excerpted in the current issue ofSymphony magazine. The Winter 2017 Issue of Symphony also examines next gen artists, how orchestras are connecting with millennials, and innovative ways of marketing of works by contemporary composers. Read it at no cost online!
 

 

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Dallas Chamber Symphony takes it to the streets
 
From homeless shelters to DART stations, Dallas Chamber Symphony brings the music to wide swatch of the city, with a particular focus on underserved communities. This feature on NBCDFW.com lays out the group's plans for the future.
 

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Orchestras Feeding America, the League's national campaign to help end hunger 
 
Orchestras across the country come together in March, and throughout the year, to take part in Orchestras Feeding America, the League's national effort to collect food for the hungry. Over 500,000 pounds of food has been donated through this collective action. Register here. Pictured above: concert attendees donate food to the Walla Walla Symphony's recent drive. 
 


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El Paso's cross-border concert: music has the power to unite
 
Youth orchestras from both sides of the Texas-Mexico border, including our member, El Paso Symphony YouthOrchestras, and Mexico's Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Ciudad Juárez, performed a joint concert titled "The Bridge." Watch The Dallas Morning News  video here.
 

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Out of Many, One: a message from the League for orchestra advocates
 
"The League, and its advocacy team in Washington, D.C., will continue to directly represent orchestras before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies, and mobilize our members for action when pivotal policy moments are upon us. The most impactful advocacy, especially now, requires ongoing, collective action by our members" - Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras.  Here are some ways to start taking action now:
 

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Upending the audience experience
 
Audiences sitting side-by-side with the orchestra? That's what The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony did recently, and according to this news New York One segment, audience members loved it, finding the experience sonically intense and exciting. Watch the video here.
 

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The Seattle Symphony addresses homelessness
 
How does an orchestra address social issues in its community? The Seattle Symphony launches Simple Gifts, a multi-year program for the homeless which uses music to provide inspiration, give hope, and help alleviate trauma.Watch the launch video here, and read more in this extensive article in The Stranger.
 


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Immerse yourself in new music: EarShot's composer archive
 
Introducing a fantastic resource for enthusiasts of new music! EarShot's newly launched archive features audio excerpts, program notes, and score samples from some of America's most exciting composers. The screen shot, above, is just a small sample from this new archive, which spotlights more than 140 composers. The archive is free and accessible to the general public. Click here to access it!
 

 
Photo credits:
Gustavo Dudamel: Khue Bui
Dallas Chamber Symphony: Mike Itashiki
Jesse Rosen: Chris Lee