Symphony: Summer 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 ends; Seattle Symphony opens new space with a contemporary-music marathon; Yo-Yo Ma bridges the Mexico-U.S. border; Berkeley Symphony’s jazz mash-up; National Symphony Orchestra gets arctic.



At the League

A roundup of recent activity by the League of American Orchestras: musicians, composers, commissions, advocacy, and more.





Board Room: Toward Genuine Board Diversity

In a conversation with League President and CEO Jesse Rosen, key figures at North Carolina’s Charlotte Symphony talk about making board diversity a priority—and a reality. 



Digital Update

Advances in technology and recent legislation will affect how orchestras record and disseminate their music. By Michael Bronson and Joe Kluger 





Music and Social Justice

Orchestras and composers are addressing timely issues such as gun violence, immigration, and mass incarceration through music and social-impact programs. By James Chute  



workinprogressWork in Progress

Is there reason for optimism when it comes to composers and gender equality? Women composers speak out. Interviews by Jennifer Gersten 





Come Out and Play 

Representation and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community are on the rise at U.S. orchestras. By Brin Solomon 




Instrumental Excursions 

Fancy the accordion or ukulele? How about the ondes Martenot and the Theremin? Orchestras are exploring these and other intriguing sound combinations. By Clive Paget 





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codaCoda: String Crossroads 

Bach-to-bluegrass mandolinist Chris Thile talks about the importance of bringing a wide array of music to audiences. 





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

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