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Orchestras

A Tale of Two Concertos

Daniel Asia | Posted 07.06.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I am taking a short break from writing about individual composers to present comments in regards to various genres including the string quartet, opera, songs and concertos, for cello, violin and piano.

Rice Owls Play Carnegie Hall

Laurence Vittes | Posted 04.28.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

When Rice University's Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra played their first-ever East Coast tour earlier this month, their Top Ten quality was on full display. I talked to the coach, Larry Rachleff, before the Owls embarked on their trail-blazing tour.

An Amazing Week

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have grown increasingly nervous about the future of diverse arts institutions in the United States. So many have disappeared, others are facing huge cash problems and most are watching as donors shift their priorities to other interests.

A Good News Orchestra Story

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Yes, some will say, the Symphony was 'lucky' to attract a major endowment gift. And luck is always part of the equation. But I prefer to view this as an instance where an organization does so many things correctly that donors are willing, indeed happy, to support its work.

Well... I Won't Be Welcome There

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

It has been said that though the "educational" kids' concert is merely a symptom of the general malaise in programming and concert presentation in the main orchestral season. It seems to be down to asking what audience and audience development do we want?

In Tune With the Next Generation

Jesse Rosen | Posted 12.02.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Classical music participation rates have held steady for the last five years, stopping a steady decline through 2008. Orchestras have been keeping their feet to the pedals as they innovate at unprecedented rates to develop audiences.

Season's Greetings

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Leonard Slatkin

Most orchestras in the United States take large chunks of time off in the summer, with several participating in music festivals that wrap up in the early part of August.

Provocative Choices for Orchestras

Jesse Rosen | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Orchestras have some choices ahead. They can observe these developments as interesting and positive but ultimately not relevant to their futures. Or they might want to find ways to affiliate and partner with these ensembles, leveraging their respective assets.

Detroit Institute of Arts, Part 2

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Every child should have the opportunity to make a habit of arts participation. Every city and state should be able to boast about its cultural patrimony and use it to attract businesses and tourists.

A Win-Win Scenario

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The current media agreement in force in the United States has severely limited the amount of orchestral music (and opera performances) on public television, radio and the Internet. Most orchestras cannot afford to do any broadcasting anymore.

The Arts and the Edifice Complex

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.20.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The situation facing the Nashville Symphony is sad and frustrating. Unfortunately, it is also not atypical. Symphony officials recently announced that it would default on the bonds for its performance hall -- the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The Man Who's Changing Music Education

VOXXI | Delfin Carbonell Basset | Posted 01.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The binding, the bonding effect of music on people, few other arts can achieve. It brings men together, it soothes the spirit, it frees us of despair,...

The Value of Ensemble

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

So much great art is dependent on the need for ensemble. The great orchestras and dance companies are great not simply because of the agglomeration of talented artists but also because of the amount of time these artists have worked together to create an aesthetic.

The Arts Face Their Own Fiscal Cliff

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is not uncommon to read about huge deficits and cancelled seasons. Not surprisingly, orchestras are suffering the most. This has left many suggesting that we need new models for running arts organizations and others looking for draconian cuts.

Spokane Symphony: Stranded

David Beem | Posted 12.30.2012 | Arts
David Beem

Meet the 21st Century American Orchestra: Sweeping labor cuts, lockouts, strikes, and a management culture with declining human values. Unfortunately, musicians in Spokane, Washington have found themselves next in line.

Lucas Kavner

Strings Attached: Orchestras Across The Country Locked Out Of Symphony Halls

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.12.2012 | Arts

This hasn't been a good month for concert musicians. As orchestras across the country continue to tighten their belts, players are being asked to make...

The Challenges of the Napa Valley Symphony

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

The symphony was funded, to a remarkable extent, by one individual. When this philanthropist was killed in a car crash last year, the major source of funds for the symphony was cut off. No arts organization can rely on simply one donor, no matter how generous.

Planning as Therapy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If your organization is suffering, try planning! You may find that things seem a lot brighter. And when we are happier with our prospects, this radiates to our ticket buyers, donors, board members and the press.

Board Members Need Training, Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.

WATCH: How To Deal With Annoying Cell Phone Users

Posted 10.16.2011 | Comedy

The only thing worse than a ringing cell phone in the middle of a show is the person who has the audacity to take the call. Even worse are the ones th...

Bloomberg To Try Conducting Orchestra

nytimes.com | SAM ROBERTS | Posted 10.02.2011 | Arts

He may strike some New Yorkers as a one-man band whose occasional off-key comments can strike a discordant note, but that won’t stop Mayor Michael R...

The Orchestra Conundrum

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Orchestra has suffered chronic deficits that have blossomed over the past two or three years. The orchestra world is going through a major discontinuity, at best, and an implosion, at worst.

Does the Symphonic Orchestra Model Work?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

While supply and demand must be used to evaluate salaries, the salaries for orchestral musicians are virtually always less than the salaries of the stagehands who set up their music stands and chairs!

A Unifying Voice, or, a Recommendation for Barack Obama's iPod

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

I know that listening to Copland's Third Symphony won't stop the monthly job losses, or clean up the financial mess. But hearing this amazing work will continue to keep my hope alive.

Cultural Diplomacy in the Caribbean: Why the New York Philharmonic Must Go to Cuba

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

A visit by the New York Philharmonic, patrons included, would be a continuation of the improving trend in U.S.-Cuban relations.