Orchestra music – SingCo Music http://singcomusic.com/ Sun, 05 Dec 2021 11:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://singcomusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-38-120x120.png Orchestra music – SingCo Music http://singcomusic.com/ 32 32 Grammy-winner Marsalis Debuts New Virginia Symphony Orchestra Music Director https://singcomusic.com/grammy-winner-marsalis-debuts-new-virginia-symphony-orchestra-music-director/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:21:08 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/grammy-winner-marsalis-debuts-new-virginia-symphony-orchestra-music-director/ The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has a new man up front and he will be joined by a world-famous musician as he debuts in a series of performances this week. Eric Jacobsen, 39, won the role of music director of the 70-piece orchestra earlier this year following a socially distanced performance at the head of the […]]]>

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has a new man up front and he will be joined by a world-famous musician as he debuts in a series of performances this week.

Eric Jacobsen, 39, won the role of music director of the 70-piece orchestra earlier this year following a socially distanced performance at the head of the group in the spring. He also worked with them in 2018.

Thursday night will mark the New York native’s first performance at the head of the orchestra in his current role.

The orchestra will be joined by Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis for a setlist featuring selections by Mozart, Brahms, Mahler and British composer Sally Beamish.

News 3 spoke to Jacobsen shortly after attending an orchestral rehearsal on Wednesday with Marsalis.

“He’s able to create something of his own. And I’m so inspired by him,” he said.

Jacobsen, who is also a cellist, says this is only the second time he’s worked with Marsalis, but he’s no stranger to directing an orchestra – having co-founded New York-based The Knights. . He is also currently Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

But that’s just the start of Jacobsen’s time in Virginia, and he’s excited for what’s to come.

“The orchestra is clearly very excited to play music and grow and I feel like the whole organization is sort of saying that we are going to be a part of this community in a very deep way,” he told News 3.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to perform at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News on Thursday, December 2. The group will then perform at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk on Friday, December 3 before concluding their performances at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach. Sunday, December 5.

All performances start at 7:30 pm Tickets are available HERE.


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Christchurch Symphony Orchestra musical residency a hit with students https://singcomusic.com/christchurch-symphony-orchestra-musical-residency-a-hit-with-students/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 01:23:09 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/christchurch-symphony-orchestra-musical-residency-a-hit-with-students/ Drums, ukuleles and buckets were all part of a concert to celebrate learning and music. Students at Bromley School put on the show after hosting a team of musicians from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for a week of jamming and learning together. The school has teamed up with six musicians as part of the Karawhiua […]]]>

Drums, ukuleles and buckets were all part of a concert to celebrate learning and music.

Students at Bromley School put on the show after hosting a team of musicians from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for a week of jamming and learning together.

The school has teamed up with six musicians as part of the Karawhiua orchestra! Let’s play! Residency program, where teams of musicians travel to different schools on the South Island to work with students on musical projects.

CSO coordinator Francesca Lee said students learn to write lyrics and new chords and even create instruments from found objects.

The projects are designed to help students develop their creativity, teamwork, self-confidence and enjoyment of the arts.

Fifth-graders Phoenix and Roman played “bucket drums” and used the week to develop their musical skills with CSO.

“I loved playing in front of everyone to show how much I love music,” Roman said.

“I enjoyed learning with everyone who taught us,” Phoenix said.

Principal Scot Kinley said it was fantastic that the children could express themselves through music and that the quality of what they presented after a short period of learning was excellent.

“The kids are trying things they haven’t tried before, which is fantastic,” he said. “I am really delighted that this opportunity is given to them. “

CSO principal bassoon Selena Orwin, who has been with the orchestra since 1987, said she received tremendous feedback from the school.

“The school said the kids were very engaged,” she said. “Overall, it’s a very interesting project.

Orwin said Bromley was the sixth school they attended this year and that it was great to see the kids having fun with music without any prior experience.

CSO previously attended Tāhunanui School in Nelson, St Mary’s School, Lyttelton Elementary School, Rawhiti School and Hokitika Elementary School.


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Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute launches conducting courses https://singcomusic.com/philadelphia-youth-orchestra-music-institute-launches-conducting-courses/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 21:45:25 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/philadelphia-youth-orchestra-music-institute-launches-conducting-courses/ Why should a young musician also understand the art of conducting? For Maestro Rosalind Erwin, director and conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute, the answer is very clear. She explained: “I have found that allowing young players to be on the podium even for a […]]]>

Why should a young musician also understand the art of conducting? For Maestro Rosalind Erwin, director and conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute, the answer is very clear. She explained: “I have found that allowing young players to be on the podium even for a short period of time initiates a glimmer of understanding of what this art form is very difficult. together ultimately supervise better during the performance and learn a lot more. ” With this in mind, Maestro Louis Scaglione, president and musical director of PYOMI, gave his full reign to create this program.

This fall, Erwin launched his first Introductory Conducting Course for music students aged 11-18 who participate in various PYOMI ensembles. Classes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays after or before rehearsals for one of the three PYOMI ensembles – Young Musicians Debut Orchestra (YMDO for ages 11 to 17), PYAO (for ages 13 to 18) and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra ( PYO for 15 to 18 year olds) 21).

Erwin, who is the director and conductor of the Drexel University Orchestra, has taught conducting for years, but generally at the college level. She explains the reasoning behind starting at a young age.

She said: “The aim of this course is to help train better informed and better prepared young musicians, not to create a new generation of maestros. demystify and make more accessible the art of conducting and show by example the need for players to develop a stable rhythm and precise counting when playing in a large ensemble. The orchestra is, at the very least, responsible for the integral components of Western orchestral music. “

Scaglione praised Erwin’s efforts and is very pleased with the responses from students and family.

“When Roz shared her plans for this conducting course, I encouraged her to move on. As a conductor myself, I appreciate that students have a personal understanding of what lies behind the art of conducting. I applaud Roz and the students and parents who are so excited about this. “

“As a frequent guest conductor for many educational music festivals,” Erwin continued, “I find it such an advantage for young musicians to understand that the gestures given by a conductor via the wand have meaning and should elicit a specific response. In addition, they realize that this activity is much more difficult than it seems at first glance. To be an effective conductor, you must first become a good musician.

Already pleased with the results, she added: “I see that most of the 16 PYAO participants look at me more attentively and pay more attention to what I say to the orchestra. This is a victory for the program and a big step forward for the PYOMI auxiliaries. offerings. “

Introduction to Conducting II, which will take place in the spring, will develop the ideas presented in this first course and introduce the compound meter, the mixed meter, how to manage setbacks, etc. Musical examples will include works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland.

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A concert like no other: Music for All by the Symphony Orchestra offers an interactive experience – News https://singcomusic.com/a-concert-like-no-other-music-for-all-by-the-symphony-orchestra-offers-an-interactive-experience-news/ https://singcomusic.com/a-concert-like-no-other-music-for-all-by-the-symphony-orchestra-offers-an-interactive-experience-news/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 18:47:13 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/a-concert-like-no-other-music-for-all-by-the-symphony-orchestra-offers-an-interactive-experience-news/ Illinois State Senior Alex Hibbard-Brown has been playing cello with the Illinois State Symphony Orchestra since his first year. Although each school year the orchestra performs six cycles of concerts and plays some of the most difficult music in the orchestral repertoire, its favorite performance is the annual Musique pour tous concert. This year’s performance […]]]>

Illinois State Senior Alex Hibbard-Brown has been playing cello with the Illinois State Symphony Orchestra since his first year. Although each school year the orchestra performs six cycles of concerts and plays some of the most difficult music in the orchestral repertoire, its favorite performance is the annual Musique pour tous concert. This year’s performance took place on the morning of October 30 at the Performing Arts Center.

Unlike a typical orchestral concert, the audience is invited to applaud and dance while the orchestra performs.

“Making noise is encouraged, so it’s always a very inclusive atmosphere,” said Hibbard-Brown, an instrumental music education major from Libertyville. “There is never a time when we tell people to shut up. We want people to sing and just do what feels natural to them, and that makes me smile every year. “

The annual event was started by Dr Glenn Block, Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting, almost 10 years ago. By allowing audiences to engage in music and express themselves as they see fit, Block incorporates aspects of music therapy into the concert experience.

“Music therapy has documented evidence of the importance of music in helping various illnesses and challenges,” he said. “(The concert) offers a dimension to families who may not have had the means to see how music can help their own children grow and evolve.”

Prior to the performance, students of the orchestra and members of AMTA-S ISU, the Illinois State chapter of the American Music Therapy Association, stood in different areas of the atrium of the room and demonstrated how to use the instruments before allowing participants to try them out for themselves. . Instruments included congas, wooden noisemakers, a step piano and, a fan favorite, Boomwhackers, hollow plastic tubes tuned to different musical notes by length.

Available wooden noisemakers included castanets, frog guiros, and boulder taps.

At the start of the concert, the conductor, Matthew Clarke, guided the audience of about 50 parents and young children through the composition of the orchestra. He explained the composition of the four families of instruments that could be found on stage: woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. Each section then stood alone to play a short sample of the Indiana Jones theme, “The Raider’s March”, a selection enthusiastically greeted by the public.

Then a second conductor, Guilherme Rodrigues, introduces the concept of rhythm in music. He defined the term for the audience and encouraged the audience to clap and dance as he performed another short piece that demonstrated the rhythm.

This year, the theme of the concert was Stormy Weather. Block described this theme as “descriptive, impressionistic and colorful” because the music associated with it consists of living representations of nature. Before each piece performed, the conductors, who passed between compositions, described the stories that would be heard in the music. A common narrative in the rooms has followed the life of a storm, from a slow drizzle at first, to fierce thunder at its peak, then birds chirp as the rain ends.

At many points during the concert, the conductors encouraged the children in the audience to shake the egg shakers, which were given to them during the pre-show activities. The children enthusiastically shook the instruments to the changing rhythm of the music: slow during the drizzle, fast during the storm, and still slow at the end of the compositions.

The end of the hour-long performance was greeted with enthusiastic applause, followed by lively discussions throughout the concert hall as the children, some still playing with their egg shakers, recapped their favorite parts of the show to their families. parents.

This exhibit was representative of one of Block’s hopes for the event: “For parents to see something happening in their own children because they have an experience and a fascination with sounds. “

The University Symphony Orchestra performing in the concert hall of the Center for the Performing Arts.
The theme of this year’s Music for All concert was Stormy Weather.


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Virginia Native auditions for musical director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra https://singcomusic.com/virginia-native-auditions-for-musical-director-of-the-williamsburg-symphony-orchestra/ https://singcomusic.com/virginia-native-auditions-for-musical-director-of-the-williamsburg-symphony-orchestra/#respond Sun, 31 Oct 2021 10:59:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/virginia-native-auditions-for-musical-director-of-the-williamsburg-symphony-orchestra/ Conductor and Music Director Michael Butterman will audition as the final nominee for the new Music Director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (Courtesy of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra) WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will complete its search for a new Music Director with a final audition before the WSO announces its new Music […]]]>
Conductor and Music Director Michael Butterman will audition as the final nominee for the new Music Director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (Courtesy of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra)

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will complete its search for a new Music Director with a final audition before the WSO announces its new Music Director in 2022.

Music director and songwriter Michael Butterman is the latest WSO nominee and will audition with a Masterworks concert on Saturday, November 6 at 4 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Hwy.

Butterman is currently the Music Director of the Boulder Philharmonic, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He was also the former associate conductor and resident of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida for fifteen years.

He gained national recognition as a Principal Conductor for Education and Community Engagement with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the past decade, Butterman has succeeded in making the Boulder Philharmonic not only an orchestra in Boulder, but the best orchestra in Boulder.

As guest conductor, Butterman has also conducted many prominent ensembles in the country, including the Cleveland
Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony. He is also a regular guest of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC

“Broadening the audience or opening up classical music to a non-traditional audience was at the heart of my position in Rochester,” said Butterman.

Butterman said fostering an orchestra’s identity and connection to its community is another trait he would bring to the WSO if chosen as a new musical director.

He also noted that the ability to view concerts online now helps attract more audiences to orchestral concerts.

“If there’s anything we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that digital accessibility is also very critical,” he said. “The ability to stream a concert from your home, or get it later on demand, certainly removes a barrier to attending the concert. “

Butterman, who grew up in Virginia, said part of what prompted him to audition for WSO’s music director job was being able to come to the Historic Triangle.

“My experience in Boulder gave me a sense of unique small towns,” he said.

His ability to connect with traditional and non-traditional audiences is something he hopes to bring onto stage next weekend.

“Anyone with any level of experience can have a perfectly wonderful connection to this great art form,” he said. “The music we play, even though it was written 200 years ago, was written by a human being who was going through the same life experiences that we have today. They almost use a different language, but what is expressed is timeless and universal.

Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey will join Butterman as a guest artist at the Masterworks concert.

“I love collaborating with this cellist,” he said. “I knew this was someone I wanted to bring to Williamsburg.”

Described as a French-English connection, Butterman’s concert will see the orchestra perform the Fantaisie by Vaughan Williams on a theme by Thomas Tallis, the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Saint-Saëns, the Meditation by Massenet based on “Thaïs And Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

“The Vaughan Williams and Elgar pieces are longer works held together by a thematic glue,” he said. “There is a kind of unity in these rooms.”

Tickets for Butterman’s Masterworks concert can be purchased on the WSO website.

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Wilkinson becomes musical director of the Sault Symphony Orchestra https://singcomusic.com/wilkinson-becomes-musical-director-of-the-sault-symphony-orchestra/ https://singcomusic.com/wilkinson-becomes-musical-director-of-the-sault-symphony-orchestra/#respond Fri, 15 Oct 2021 21:17:21 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/wilkinson-becomes-musical-director-of-the-sault-symphony-orchestra/ Breadcrumb Links Local entertainment Author of the article: Brian kelly Release date : October 15, 2021 • 37 minutes ago • 4 minutes to read • Join the conversation John Wilkinson attends an Annual General Meeting of the Sault Symphony Orchestra in January 2020. BRIAN KELLY SunMedia Content of the article The show is over […]]]>

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The show is over for the longtime musical director of the Sault Symphony Orchestra, as the group’s brass want to change direction in a bid to diversify the works performed and stimulate several years of declining attendance.

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John Wilkinson, a resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, had led the community group since 1977.

He told the Sault Star he was fired during a Zoom meeting in July with Symphony Board Chairman Louis St. Pierre and Vice Chairman Michael DiSanto.

Wilkinson says he owes more than $ 50,000 in salary that he was not paid when “things were pretty tough” financially for the group over the past decade.

I was already kind to the organization for years, ”Wilkinson said on Friday. He is “more than disappointed” with his forced departure before the start of the group’s 2021-2022 season. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Resident planned to continue leading the group for another three to five years.

St. Pierre confirmed to the orchestra council that he is conducting “released (Wilkinson)” from his post.

We are looking to fill it, ”he said. “We are now looking at various options. We really can’t afford to hire someone full time, but we are looking at various options.

The orchestra’s board of directors wants Wilkinson’s successor to be hired during the current season.

We’re still learning how to do this as a board of directors because we’ve never done it before, ”said St. Pierre.

Stephen Mallinger is conducting a virtual concert that will air on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday at 7 p.m., and a live performance in Sault Ste. Marie Museum on October 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The group debuted as the Sault Symphonette in 1956 and became Sault Symphony in 1969. Wilkinson succeeded Lajos Bornyi.

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It took a long time to make that decision, ”said St. Pierre of the orchestra ending its ties with Wilkinson. “It was extremely difficult to do, but when you look at all the things, it was time to look for new ideas and new ways of doing things. It was decided that a new Music Director was the way to go.

He said the orchestra has faced shrinking audiences for four to five years.

We kept doing the same things over and over again, our audience getting smaller and smaller, ”said St. Pierre. “We have to do something. We must renew this organization because the trend is going in the wrong direction. When the audience is not much bigger than the orchestra, and many of them are free tickets, the trend is not there. When you stop getting grants or struggle to get grants, you know something is wrong. It’s time to look for new ways of doing things. You need someone who can come up with different programming.

Wilkinson argues that the orchestra did not put enough effort into promoting the concerts unless a large budget was involved, such as Ballet Jorgen’s presentation of The Nutcracker in November 2019.

The arts are a lot of work, ”he said. “You have to break your back to be successful. It is not easy. What was normal in the past has become too much.

St. Pierre says the symphony orchestra must have an Ontario resident as musical director to be eligible for provincial grants. Wilkinson, who disagrees with the suggestion, is unsure whether he will take legal action to get the money he says he owes him.

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I don’t want to hurt the symphony, ”he said. “I spent all of my time and effort keeping him alive. I was trying to keep him alive. I didn’t expect him to come to that kind of conclusion.

Wilkinson also approached companies to buy advertising for the symphony’s concert programs following the resignation of general manager Patti Gardi in 2013.

Things got worse after (Gardi left), ”Wilkinson said. “In a sense, no one was looking after the store on a daily basis. ”

St. Pierre maintains that the symphony owes Wilkinson no back wages.

Someone is volunteering or continues to work for us, for an organization that has been bankrupt for several years, then turns around and asks to be paid for those years, we don’t consider that as salary owed, ”he said. -he declares. “This is how we see it. ”

St. Pierre, a member of the orchestra since about 1993, joined the board around 2017. He could not respond to Wilkinson’s claims that he was owed money for work done before. This year.

There has always been a certain degree of indebtedness, ”said St. Pierre of his review of the symphony’s financial records. “This new board now, we’re going to do our best to avoid that.”

Wilkinson, clarinetist, will not continue his association with the orchestra as a musician. The symphony tentatively plans a tribute to Wilkinson in the first half of 2022.

We would like to do it again, ”said St. Pierre.

Wilkinson continues to lead another Canadian group Sault, SteelTown Silver Band.

Former board member Sara McCleary became Director of Orchestra Advancement in early May.

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Britt Festival Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams named Conductor of the Year by Musical America https://singcomusic.com/britt-festival-orchestra-music-director-teddy-abrams-named-conductor-of-the-year-by-musical-america/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/britt-festival-orchestra-music-director-teddy-abrams-named-conductor-of-the-year-by-musical-america/ Musical america First appeared in print in 1898 and is America’s oldest classical music magazine. Since 1960, it has recognized stellar performers of classical music with its annual awards, recognizing excellence and artistic achievement in the arts and ranking among the highest honors in classical music. This year, Teddy Abrams was chosen as Conductor of […]]]>

Musical america First appeared in print in 1898 and is America’s oldest classical music magazine. Since 1960, it has recognized stellar performers of classical music with its annual awards, recognizing excellence and artistic achievement in the arts and ranking among the highest honors in classical music. This year, Teddy Abrams was chosen as Conductor of the Year.

In recognition of the award, Abrams responded: “I am incredibly grateful and overwhelmed to receive this award from Musical America; the honor, however, should be shared by my amazing colleagues here in Louisville, on and off stage, who have become my family over the past seven seasons. We have worked tirelessly together to live by our values: to interconnect the endless pursuit of the creative spirit with the call to service and communion on behalf of our city. I am very proud of the work we have done so far in Louisville, and believe we are entering an era of further transformation and growth in a city that deserves it and in an industry that needs a bold redefinition. After a particularly difficult time in Louisville’s history, I am delighted that Musical America has offered this recognition for our orchestra and this spotlight for our beautiful city and state.

Raised in Oakland, California, Abrams became a protégé of Michael Tilson Thomas at just 12 years old. He received a bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the age of 18 before being accepted by Curtis as his youngest conducting student. In Louisville, he has been hailed as a visionary and galvanizing conductor, leading creative initiatives such as his rap opera honoring one of Louisville’s heavyweight champions, Muhammad Ali.


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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra music director undergoes treatment for early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma https://singcomusic.com/knoxville-symphony-orchestra-music-director-undergoes-treatment-for-early-stage-hodgkin-lymphoma/ https://singcomusic.com/knoxville-symphony-orchestra-music-director-undergoes-treatment-for-early-stage-hodgkin-lymphoma/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 20:17:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/knoxville-symphony-orchestra-music-director-undergoes-treatment-for-early-stage-hodgkin-lymphoma/ KSO’s music director Aram Demirjian was diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, but officials said his prognosis was good. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The musical director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has been diagnosed with early-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma, officials say. They also said that the disease was detected early, that Aram Demirjian’s prognosis was good. Her […]]]>

KSO’s music director Aram Demirjian was diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, but officials said his prognosis was good.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The musical director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has been diagnosed with early-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma, officials say. They also said that the disease was detected early, that Aram Demirjian’s prognosis was good.

Her treatment is expected to last around four months and will begin in late September, officials said. He will be treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. This is where his wife works as a clinical research director.

Between treatments, Demirjian will rest and recover with his family nearby.

Prior to that, officials said he would conduct the season opener, The Four Season, September 23-24 at the Tennessee Theater. He will continue to appear with KSO on a reduced schedule for the rest of the year, as his treatment allows, officials said.

Demirjian is expected to resume his full schedule in early 2022.

The full schedule of KSO programs, including chamber classics, the Q series, solo violin and concerts, and their education, youth and wellness programs will continue as planned.

Resident conductor James Fellenbaum will replace during Demirkian treatment periods.

“You will see me a little less often than usual, but I will appear at concerts if my treatment allows it,” Demirjian said. “I am extremely grateful for each of you, and look forward to presenting our first Masterworks program, a celebration of family, friendship and community.


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New Haven Symphony Orchestra Music Director Agrees Contract Extension https://singcomusic.com/new-haven-symphony-orchestra-music-director-agrees-contract-extension/ https://singcomusic.com/new-haven-symphony-orchestra-music-director-agrees-contract-extension/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 14:18:15 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/new-haven-symphony-orchestra-music-director-agrees-contract-extension/ NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, (WTNH) – The Board of Directors of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra has announced that Alasdair Neale has accepted his invitation to renew his contract until the 2024 season as Music Director of the orchestra on Wednesday September 15. “Alasdair’s talent as a conductor and community leader has impacted every element of […]]]>

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, (WTNH) – The Board of Directors of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra has announced that Alasdair Neale has accepted his invitation to renew his contract until the 2024 season as Music Director of the orchestra on Wednesday September 15.

“Alasdair’s talent as a conductor and community leader has impacted every element of this orchestra since day one of his tenure. He has made a significant commitment to artistic excellence and has demonstrated a sincere dedication to creating art for and with the residents of Haven, ”said Dr Keith Churchwell, Chairman of the NHSO Board of Trustees. “His impact in New Haven has been profound. We are delighted to have him in the NHSO family for our next three seasons. ”

The NHSO say Neale started his career with them at the start of the 2019-20 season. Neale’s tenure as Music Director began with a year-long listening tour of New Haven, opening the conversation about what an orchestra could be for New Haven in the 21st century.

His first concert in New Haven was a free program in June 2019 with guest artists from St. Luke’s Steel Band and Tiempo Libre.

Neale had dreamed of returning to New Haven since he was a student at Yale University, and becoming music director of the NHSO has fulfilled a long-held dream and reward. “However, the pandemic has changed my goals and dreams, as it has for many over the past year. My husband and I have been thinking a lot and imagining what will be the next chapter in our lives, and together we have decided to move to Paris to be closer to my European side of the family and experience new adventures from 2024.. “

Although Neale’s first season was cut short due to the pandemic, he helped pivot artistic and financial resources to create a vast array of virtual education programs. These programs were used by thousands of students around the world during the pandemic.

Neale also aided the orchestra’s program and gave free concerts at outdoor venues across town including parks, storefronts and during the Canal Dock Boathouse series.

“Although my stay in New Haven is shorter than I initially imagined, I am delighted to roll up my sleeves for the next three years and build on the momentum we have created so far,” Neale said. “The past two years have proven just how adaptable this organization can be, and I think we have a lot of enthusiasm ahead as we return to orchestral concerts.”

The NHSO will return to full orchestral concerts starting October 3 at the Shubert Theater with Neale as Music and Music Director for Beethoven, Price Coleman, and more.


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Obituary: Oakland Symphony Orchestra musical director Michael Morgan dies at 63 https://singcomusic.com/obituary-oakland-symphony-orchestra-musical-director-michael-morgan-dies-at-63/ https://singcomusic.com/obituary-oakland-symphony-orchestra-musical-director-michael-morgan-dies-at-63/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://singcomusic.com/obituary-oakland-symphony-orchestra-musical-director-michael-morgan-dies-at-63/ Conductor Michael Morgan died on August 20 in Oakland Kaiser. He was 63 years old. Morgan, who had been the musical director of the Oakland Symphony since 1991, was admitted to hospital last week with an infection. He had undergone a kidney transplant in May and returned to work shortly after. Morgan was born in […]]]>

Conductor Michael Morgan died on August 20 in Oakland Kaiser. He was 63 years old.

Morgan, who had been the musical director of the Oakland Symphony since 1991, was admitted to hospital last week with an infection. He had undergone a kidney transplant in May and returned to work shortly after.

Morgan was born in Washington, DC and exhibited prodigious talents, leading from the age of 12. He studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood and first worked that summer with Leonard Bernstein. His opera debut was at the Vienna State Opera and he went on to conduct operas with companies such as the New York City Opera, the St. Louis Opera House, and the Washington National Opera.

In 1986, he was chosen as assistant conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the same year, Bernstein invited him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Besides In his performances with the Oakland Symphony, Morgan has served as conductor of the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Bear Valley Music Festival, and Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera.

“Our entire organization is suffering a profound loss,” said Jim Hasler, chairman of the board of directors of the Oakland Symphony, in a press release. “MichaelThe impact of on our community and the field of national orchestras cannot be overstated – and it left us too soon. We have been blessed for the past 30 years as Michael laid the groundwork for an Oakland Symphony dedicated to diversity, education, artistic collaboration, and the celebration of music across genres and cultures. His vision of orchestras as service organizations was a beacon at the local and national level. This vision is his legacy, and the Oakland Symphony, Chorus and Youth Orchestra will renew their commitment for years to come.


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