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Jesse Rosen

Entries by Jesse Rosen

A Relevant Requiem in St. Louis

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:04 PM

St. Louis Symphony Associate Concertmaster Heidi Harris and Principal Double Bass Erik Harris performing at Washington Metropolitan Church, part of the IN UNISON program. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Symphony.

On Monday night, demonstrators protested the Metropolitan Opera for performing John...

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Orchestras Come Out to Play

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 7:21 PM

Mighty 5 Tour Photo: Courtesy of Utah Symphony

Populism runs deep in American orchestras. In 1922 the New York Philharmonic began its outdoor concerts at Lewishon Stadium in the heart of Harlem. In 1935 the Chicago Parks Department, in partnership with...

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My Next Board Meeting

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:05 PM

I'm looking forward to it -- unlike Michael Kaiser, who just told us how relieved he is to never see his board again in "My Last Board Meeting." Like all non-profit arts executives, I've also felt the discomfort Michael describes that can arise from inappropriate boundary crossings between...

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In Tune With the Next Generation

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Cleveland Orchestra Audience at Severance Hall (c) Roger Mastroianni

This week's news from the Minnesota Orchestra and New York City Opera is deeply troubling to all who care about classical music organizations and the audiences they serve. But let's not let...

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Provocative Choices for Orchestras

(34) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 8:19 PM

Two striking visions of the future came my way last week. First was a presentation by Elizabeth Merritt, the keynote speaker at the League of American Orchestras national conference in Saint Louis, themed "Imagining 2023." The second came from Claire Chase in the form of her

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Making Art for Life's Sake

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 1:30 PM

I was fortunate to be in the audience recently when cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave this year's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Art and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center. If all you do is click on this link and watch the presentation, you will have done yourself -- as...

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Doing More About Diversity in America's Orchestras

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:01 PM

I have been reflecting on diversity and orchestras lately, prompted by some work we are doing at the League of American Orchestras and my recent participation in SphinxCon 2013 in Detroit, which examined diversity, inclusion and equity in the arts. Many of you are likely familiar...

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Celebrate Democracy at Your Symphony

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:20 AM

The upcoming presidential inauguration reminds me of a concert I attended at the Paramount Theater just a few days after the election. It was a concert by the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra. When music director Michael Morgan appeared and announced that the theme of this...

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Scoring the Fiscal Cliff

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 5:14 PM

The 18th century composer Johann Sebastian Bach would have been too politically correct to comment on the so-called fiscal cliff debate. But his ominous, even chilling, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 says plenty. You may know this classic from any number of high-energy,...

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