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Below find articles from publications including Slate, the Wall Street Journal, Listen Magazine, BBC Music, The Strad and Symphony.


Symphonies in Space: Orchestras Embrace Virtual Reality (The Guardian, August 8, 2016)

Orchestral maneuvers in the park: classical festivals in stunning scenery (The Guardian, June 27, 2016)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s New Director Aims to Engage (Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2016)

 


Boston Pops on July 4th (Wikipedia Commons)

When Pops Concerts Tap Pop Culture, Is Something Lost?

New York Times, Aug. 24, 2016
Over the past couple of decades, pops concerts – once a place to hear light classics by Rossini, Bizet or Holst – have undergone a wholesale shift. “There’s kind of a lost repertoire,” said one prominent pops conductor.

 


Gael García Bernal as Rodrigo in 'Mozart in the Jungle' (Amazon)
Gael García Bernal as Rodrigo in ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ (Amazon)

Orchestras must fight to stay relevant in 2016. But is hiring a youthful maestro enough?

Slate, Feb. 4, 2016
What can symphony orchestras learn from “Mozart in the Jungle,” the Amazon series featuring a dashing young conductor from Mexico who replaces the aging music director of an orchestra, in a bid to invigorate the stodgy institution?

 


A warehouse near Eastern Market in Detroit

A Changing Landscape: Detroit Emerges from Bankruptcy to a Burgeoning Arts Scene

Listen Magazine, Fall 2015
Detroit’s fledgling rebirth is being driven in part by arts and culture, spurred on by a combination of philanthropic largess, stunningly cheap real estate and a try-anything ethos.


The Pittsburgh Symphony's sensory-friendly concert included a customized instrument petting zoo that was shaped to the abilities of the audience members.New Notes on the Autism Scale

Symphony, Fall 2015
A growing number of American orchestras have responded to calls from autism advocates to provide sensory-friendly concerts. Some see these as a way to connect with overlooked segments of their communities and become more inclusive.


Pablo Heras-Casado conducts a rehearsal of the Orchestra of St. Luke's (Brian Wise/WQXR)

Pablo Heras-Casado on NYC Orchestras, Praetorius and Tweet Seats

WQXR, August 2015
Among the conductors who has appeared on critics’ wish lists to succeed Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic is Pablo Heras-Casado, music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and assistant conductor of Madrid’s Teatro Real.


Stefan Jackiw

Atypical Approach: Stefan Jackiw’s is a Singular Path

Listen Magazine, Winter 2014
American violinist Stefan Jackiw had avoided some of the markers of prodigy success, with psychology studies at Harvard University, some strikingly offbeat recital programs and membership in a Korean classical “boy band.”


Podium Powers: Hispanic Conductors on the Rise

Symphony Magazine, Winter 2014
In the last several years, roughly a dozen American music directorships have gone to Hispanic conductors. They assume a sometimes uneasy variety of roles: as de facto standard-bearers for their native traditions and as artists who grasp the core canon of Bach through Stravinsky.


Spring 2013 Cover of Listen Magazine

Whitacre, Inc.: The Practical Tactics of an Ethereal Composer

Listen Magazine, Spring 2013
Eric Whitacre is nearly synonymous with American choral music, his work sung by choirs from Minnesota to Indonesia. His online “Virtual Choirs” have been a runaway smash on YouTube and he may be the only classical composer with a “merch” section on his website.


The Calder Quartet (credit: Autumn de Wilde)

Calder Quartet: Rocking All Over the World

The Strad, March 2013
The Calder Quartet represents an evolving approach to performing quartet music in the 21st century, performing at offbeat festivals and art galleries, in recitals at Lincoln Center or through collaborations with rock acts like Vampire Weekend.


Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, 10/23/14. (credit: Chris Lee)

Alan Gilbert’s Adventurous Side

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Critics have prodded the New York Philharmonic’s music director to follow his more adventurous instincts. A look at signature projects including a Carl Nielsen recording series.

 


International Contemporary Ensemble (credit: Carrie Schneider)

DIY Music Career: Conservatories are Teaching the Business of Music

Listen Magazine, Fall 2010
At a time when colleges and conservatories are producing more musicians than ever and the job market for performers is stagnating, a number of schools have started to teach entrepreneurial skills.

 


Manhattan (credit: flickr/luvi)

Map: See Where Famous Composers Have Lived in NYC

WQXR, July 2012
Check out this interactive map to see where composers from Mahler and Bernstein to Ives and Cage have called home across the city’s boroughs.