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FALL ISSUE OF SYMPHONY MAGAZINE EXAMINES ARTS EDUCATION, LABOR RELATIONS, NEW PROGRAMMING, FINANCING AT EUROPEAN ORCHESTRAS, AND OTHER CURRENT ORCHESTRA TOPICS

New York, NY (October 17, 2012) - Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras, reports on multiple timely topics facing the rapidly evolving orchestra field in its new Fall issue, published on October 15. Symphony is available in print and online.

Articles in the Fall 2012 issue of Symphony include:

Critical Questions: State of Arts Education: League President and CEO Jesse Rosen and League Vice President for Advocacy Heather Noonan respond to two new reports on the essential role of arts education in our nation’s schools—and give an update on League and orchestra advocacy efforts.

Opportunity in Crisis: What orchestras might learn from successful labor negotiations in the auto industry:  At a provocative session at the League’s 2012 National Conference, orchestras heard what it takes to build strong relations between unions and management from Marty Mulloy, vice president of labor affairs at Ford Motor Company, and Jimmy Settles Jr., vice president of the United Auto Workers. The two men engaged in a spirited dialogue whose form mirrored the discussions they used during negotiations.

The Music Director Search Handbook:  How to find that perfect match of orchestra and music director? The Music Director Search Handbook by Roger Saydack, a recent publication from the League, helps orchestra boards, musicians, and administrators conduct the search for this central figure.

History Lessons: Composers and orchestras are grappling with American history in startling new ways. Recent works deal with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the civil rights efforts of LBJ, the Trail of Tears, and more. People and events in American history are under the microscope in new orchestral works, many enhanced with events, conversations, exhibits. By Chester Lane

Sonic Circuits:  Film and Video Game Scores with Visuals: Sci-fi films, video games, documentaries, fantasies, and adventures are brought vividly to life with ambitious orchestral scores. Orchestras are performing these works live in concert, often with video accompaniment, earning new fans and huge audiences. By Dan Visconti

Local Talent: Orchestra musicians who compose draw on their knowledge of the symphonic canon, bolstering the creative spirit of their own ensembles. By Ian VanderMeulen

Continental Shift: Financial strains at European orchestras:  With a different financial model that has long relied on hefty governmental support, these orchestras are facing new challenges as long-unquestioned government funding is dwindling or even being slashed. Yet there are remarkable stories of success and growth that any orchestra in the U.S. would envy. Europe-based reporter A.J. Goldmann surveys the landscape.

From Tome to Tweet: Program notes for orchestras are evolving rapidly, as expectations of concertgoers and orchestras are changing. Gone are the lengthy, densely musicological notes, and in their places audiences are connecting with historical context, insight into the composer’s life and times, and more accessible musicological insights. By Heidi Waleson

Choreographer as Conductor: Mark Morris is widely lauded as the most musical of contemporary choreographers. He insists that his company use live music for its performances, and now he has branched out—a bit—as a conductor. What does it take to make the leap? By Mark Morris.
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The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners.  Visit americanorchestras.orgLink to Symphony’s Fall Issue