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CONSERVATORIES AND MUSIC SCHOOLS IN TRANSITION

With the decision by Joseph Polisi to step down as president of Juilliard after three decades, we take a look at how a few institutions around the U.S. are adapting to the 21st century.

 
  RESEARCH AND OPINION  
 


Turandot: Time to Call it Quits on Orientalist Opera?
Opera Philadelphia
As contemporary audiences become increasingly sophisticated in their ability to discern negative ethnic stereotyping and inherent gender bias, one has to wonder at what point do we retire a problematic piece?

Sibbi Bernhardsson Interviews Menahem Pressler
Pacifica Quartet
Filmed in September, the interview is a powerful reminder of Distinguished Professor Pressler’s extraordinary spirit.

How Humanities Can Help Fix the World
The Chronicle of Higher Education: John McCumber
In particular, it is the humanities that teach us how not to be racists, by showing us how to open ourselves up to what is different.

You Bought It, but You Don’t Own It
Slate: Aaron Fellmeth
We now live in a chasm between the old product-based copyright law and the newish reality of cloud computing, streaming on-demand content, and content-as-a-service.

Greedy Bosses and Musicians on Strike – The Crisis Engulfing Classical Music 
The Telegraph (UK): Ivan Hewett
The economic reality of American orchestras is out of kilter with the mindset of their managers, which treats orchestras as competitors in a pure free-market. As long as that ethos prevails, these top American orchestras will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis.

Why Allentown Symphony is Unlike Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Orchestras that Went on Strike
The Morning Call: Kathy Lauer-Williams
The Allentown Symphony Orchestra is seeing its audience grow and revenues increase. The musicians will vote next week on a three-year contract that gives them a raise.

WFMT Steve Robinson Retires and Talks about Classical Music
Chicago Reader: Deanna Isaacs
At a challenging time for the radio industry, there also seem to be limitless opportunities.

 
  NATIONAL  
 


Philly Orchestra Board OK's New Contract; Players Play Pop-Up Concerts All Over Town
Philly.com: Patrick Stearns and Peter Dobrin
The entire institution breathed a sigh of relief after the turmoil last week that led to the cancellation of the orchestra's opening-night gala concert Friday.

USC Celebrates the Opening of a $46-Million Building for Dance

Los Angeles Times: Deborah Vankin
Several hundred USC dance faculty and students, university trustees, professional dancers and choreographers gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the $46-million Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the university’s first on-campus building dedicated to dance study.

Will the Pittsburgh Symphony Resort to Hiring Temps?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Elizabeth Bloom
The management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has told its musicians that it “has an obligation to keep Heinz Hall open” and may “hire replacement workers, either on a temporary or permanent basis, as will be determined by the business necessity we face.”

Grand Opening of Baltimore’s Open Works Underscores Importance of Making, Creativity in Local Communities

Fractured Atlas
Open Works was developed by the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO), a not-for-profit that converts underutilized buildings into platforms for creativity and community building.      

 
  INTERNATIONAL  
 


Fiddling while Venezuela Starves? Bolívar Symphony Opens Carnegie Season
New York Times: Zathary Woolfe
For all the good El Sistema does, its closeness to the government has made many wonder whether it and the Bolívars are inextricable from — or even function as a kind of propaganda mission for — a regime that has dragged its people to disaster.

Jonathan Cohen Replaces Bernard Labadie at Les Violons du Roy

CBC Music: Robert Rowat
British conductor, harpsichordist and cellist Jonathan Cohen will be the next music director of Les Violons du Roy, the world-famous chamber orchestra based in Quebec City.

 
  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  
 


World Ballet Day Takes Leap of Faith with 'Longest Facebook Live Ever'
Mashable: Elise Cooper
The marathon Facebook Live ever was touted as the longest livestream the platform has ever hosted, giving a rare window into the real time happenings of rehearsals around the world.

How to Promote Your Music to Bloggers
Music Think Tank
Believe it or not, as a musician, you need blogs. They are the lifeblood of many artists’ careers, and one of the most effective ways for independent musicians to grow their online reach.

Social Media Marketing for Musicians: How to Get More Fans with Facebook

Music Think Tank
No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of music you play, we all share a common goal: To find fans and build a fanbase. The big blue-and-white F-word at the top of the social media food chain: Facebook.

17 ways to promote your music online

BandZoogle: Jon Ostrow
When it comes to promoting music online, there are far too many channels, networks, forums, platforms, apps and communities for musicians to be involved with to be present on them all. So rather than attempt the impossible, you should focus your efforts on a handful that are likely to bare the most fruit.

 
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World’s Oldest Train Station Hosts Steve Reich’s Different Trains
BBC: Ian Youngs
Reich's Grammy-winning 1988 work was performed at Edge Hill station, with passenger trains rolling in and out of Liverpool on both sides of the stage. About 1,200 people watched on the station's Victorian carriage ramp.

 
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