Symphony: Fall 2020


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scoreThe Score

News and updates from orchestras everywhere. In this issue: Wide-ranging reports on the multiple ways that orchestras nationwide are adapting to keep live classical music going at a difficult time; violin vigils for Elijah McClain, a Black violinist slain by police; new studies on aerosol transmission rates for musical instruments; remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice and classical music fan.  


League Statement on Racial Discrimination

On August 11, the League of American Orchestras issued a Statement on Racial Discrimination expressing how it is coming to grips with the history and impact of racism within the League and the wider community of orchestras, and committing to sustained action. Read the complete Statement as well as Frequently Asked Questions and a Guide to Additional Resources.


Simon Woods

A Champion for Orchestras

Meet Simon Woods, the new president and chief executive officer of the League of American Orchestras. By Robert Sandla  




Financial Stability via Artistry and Relevance

Excerpts from a new Wallace Foundation/SMU DataArts report by Zannie Voss and Glenn Voss that identifies common strategies utilized by twenty arts groups to achieve organizational health. 




Music in the Present Tense

The pandemic hasn’t stopped orchestras and organizations from commissioning composers to connect listeners with new music that captures the turbulence of recent months. By Jeremy Reynolds



summersoundsHearing Her Voice

Works by women composers, long underrepresented in orchestra programming, are being commissioned and performed in greater numbers—and the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras in partnership with American Composers Orchestra, is making an impact. By Janaya Greene 



The Virtual Gala

Orchestras have adapted during the pandemic by pivoting to online galas during a time when we can’t gather in person to raise money—and spirits. By Rebecca Winzenried



unheardChanging the Channels

The pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital engagement and innovation at orchestras, which are reaching audiences, expanding educational resources, and connecting with donors in new ways. By Rebecca Schmid




The Beat Goes On

With many in-person concerts on hold due to the pandemic, orchestras, pops presenters, and guest artists are adapting fresh approaches to pops. By Steven Brown




2020 Guide to Symphony Pops Advertisers

The tops in pops attractions for orchestras, in a special advertising section.



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Musicologist Naomi André is rethinking music history through the lenses of gender and race.





Happy reading! Look for the next issue of Symphony in Winter 2021.

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