Symphony: Spring 2019

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Check out the latest issue of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, online and in print—with all the great articles, news, interviews, and photos you’ve come to expect.

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scoreThe Score

News and updates from orchestras everywhere. In this issue: Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians strike over pay and pension; remembering legendary conductor André Previn; new diversity initiatives at the League and elsewhere. Plus: Gustavo Dudamel gets his star.



Critical Questions: How to Develop Human Resources When You Have No Resources

League President and CEO Jesse Rosen offers insights, strategies, and best practices on how to retain a capable and diverse workforce with low turnover and high employee satisfaction.  




Board Room: Who Killed City Opera?

New York City Opera had a storied history, its own orchestra and chorus, and a prominent home at Lincoln Center. Yet its board of directors failed to exercise their fiduciary responsibilities, and the 70-year-old company went bankrupt. An excerpt from Heidi Waleson’s Mad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America goes behind the scenes—and examines the key roles that boards play. 



Conference Preview

Music, musicians, and composers will take center stage at the League’s 2019 National Conference in Nashville from June 3 to 5, hosted by the Nashville Symphony.
By John-Morgan Bush





Surround Sound

Orchestras are experimenting with concerts that put audience members in close connection with the music—and the musicians. By Vivien Schweitzer





Start Spreading the News 

As traditional media outlets devote less coverage to classical music, orchestras are filling the void by stepping forward to tell their own stories themselves. By Susan Elliott


roadtripsRoad Trips

A summer vacation offers the appeal of the open road—and the flexibility to hit a lot of classical-music festivals. A drive-by, divided into five movements. By Keith Powers



Summer Festivals 2019

From mountain retreats to outdoor amphitheaters and lawn concerts, a classical guide to what’s on this summer, featuring League of American Orchestras business partners. 




community-serviceCommunity Service

When furloughed federal employees faced tough times during the partial government shutdown in December and January, orchestra across the country stepped up with free tickets. By Nancy Malitz





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codaCoda: American Original

Singer/songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, who made her name on the folk and roots-music scene, talks about why she is bringing her voice to the orchestra and opera world. 




Happy reading! Look for the next issue of Symphony in Summer 2019.

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