November 2014

November 2014
Orchestras’ Impact Profiled in League’s New Story Bank 
Health care providers, parents, musicians, orchestra administrators, and students – they all have unique, first-person perspectives illustrating the powerful impact of orchestras on communities. The League’s story bank houses video, articles, and infographics featuring these individual voices. Here, a health care administrator discusses how the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s performances help improve the lives of patients with dementia. Click here for the League’s new story bank.
Photo Credit: St. Louis Orchestra
A Relevant Requiem in St. Louis: Jesse Rosen’s Huffington Post Column
In his recent Huffington Post column, Jesse Rosen reflected on the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus’ performance of the Brahms Requiem through the lens of America’s racial divide, “the power of the orchestral experience to unite, and, ultimately, the relevance of the art form to critical issues of our time.”
Photo Credit: Anna Langova
Saving Elephants – and Instruments: Now in Symphony Magazine
The League continues to lead national efforts to urge Congress, the White House, and federal agencies to improve policies that impact existing, legally crafted musical instruments that contain small amounts of endangered species material. A comprehensive article in Symphony Magazine describes the evolving policy dilemma on African elephant ivory, including the points of view of national conservation groups. Stay up to date on the latest policy developments and our tips for traveling with the necessary permits.
Composer Annie Gosfield
Music Alive Participant
Photo Credit: Josh Gosfield
Composers to Reach New Audiences
Twelve composers will reach new audiences, interact with youth, and take part in community-centered activities through Music Alive: New Partnerships residencies. The one-week residencies with mid- and small-budget orchestras will take place in Boston, Boulder, Chautauqua (NY), Chicago, Houston, Little Rock, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Princeton, Richmond, Sioux Falls, and Tucson. The League and New Music USA’s announcement of the Music Alive: New Partnerships was profiled in The New York Times.
Orchestra Explores "Better Living through Technology"

Concerts are live-streamed for free into nursing homes, and can be viewed on-demand this season for patients at Houston Methodist Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center, through the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s ROCO Anytime, Anywhere program. Artistic Director Alecia Lawyer describes how the orchestra is using technology to build new relationships to the concert hall in this Houston Chronicle article.
Maestro Sameer Patel
NCP Participant
Photo Credit: Arielle Doneson
League Conducting Alums in the News

What do conductors Keitaro Harada, Vladimir Kulenovic, Ken Lam, and Rossen Milanov have in common? All four are newly appointed to take the podium at orchestras, and all four are alums of the League’s esteemed Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. NCP participant Sameer Patel was also one of two conductors chosen for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship program, which received a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League in 2013. Read interviews with the latest NCP class here.
Did you know? League Vice President for Advocacy, Heather Noonan, gave an informative interview on the state of the field, and the League’s role at the education policy table on Pittsburgh’s WQED-FM. Catch the full interview with “Voice of the Arts” host Jim Cunningham here.