Symphony: Fall 2018

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Check out the latest issue of Symphony, the League of American Orchestras’ award-winning magazine, online and in print—with all the great articles, news, interviews, and photos you’ve come to expect.

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Individual Articles, Features, and More

Click below to read, print, or download sharable PDFs of each article in this issue, with links to websites in the articles as well as to advertisers.


scoreThe Score

News and updates from across the orchestra field. In this issue: Bernstein’s birthday bash; the Minnesota Orchestra’s ground-breaking South Africa tour; #MeToo and classical music; LA Phil heads into its second century; how new U.S. tax rules affect orchestras. And much more. 



Board Room: Why We Serve

What motivates community members to volunteer to serve as orchestra trustees? Members of orchestra boards across the country disclose the motivations and rewards.





Seen and Heard: Conference 2018

Highlights from three addresses at the League’s 2018 National Conference—from two musicians and one marketing guru—capture just some of the many voices and perspectives at the Conference. 



Tuning Up for Diversity

Four musician participants in the National Alliance for Audition Support’s inaugural audition intensive share first-person narratives of the NAAS workshops, describe their lived experience as musicians of color, and envision how they see the orchestra field moving ahead.




Grand Tours

More and more youth orchestras are touring, taking their message of youthful music-making to audiences everywhere. Why? And what’s life on the road like with an orchestra of young musicians, anyway?




Symphonic Storyteller

Four decades ago, Hollywood seemed on the verge of eliminating symphonic film scores in favor of pop tunes and synthesizers. In fact, the opposite happened—and John Williams may be the key. 




2018 Symphony Pops Listings

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





Period Crossings

Musicians and orchestras are bridging formerly exclusive worlds, as they increasingly embrace early music, Baroque, Classical, and modern sounds. 






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codaCoda: Tackling Music—and Football

New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter balances his love of classical music (he plays cello and tuba) and pro football.




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