Symphony: Fall 2019

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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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scoreThe Score

News and updates from orchestras everywhere. In this issue: the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic open new seasons following tumult; League’s Catalyst Fund helps advance diversity and inclusion at orchestras; LA Phil names new CEO; Houston Symphony program pairs refugees with emerging composers.


Hong Kong Protests

The impact of the political upheaval in Hong Kong on orchestras and the arts. By Ken Smith





What Brexit Means for Orchestras

How Great Britain’s exit from the European Union will affect orchestras and musicians. By Mark Pemberton 



Board Room: The Transformative Gift

Large gifts from donors can transform an orchestra—but what does it take to get there? An insider’s perspective on the strategies and tactics that lead to principal gifts. By Trine Sorensen 




Seen and Heard: Conference 2019

The League of American Orchestras’ 2019 National Conference in Nashville put music, musicians, and composers center stage, while exploring the relevance of orchestras in a rapidly changing society. 



beethovenBeethoven: A 250-Year Odyssey

Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 has unleashed a torrent of Beethoven mania at orchestras. But does his music remain “universal” in the 21st century? By Ben Finane  




Sound Tracks 

Thirteen orchestras along the route of the Transcontinental Railroad have joined forces to commission Zhou Tian’s Transcend, which evokes the railroad’s construction, the plight of immigrant workers, and the opening of the West. By Jeff Lunden 


Pops Evolution 

What makes pops … pops? Conductors at orchestras offer insights, perspectives, trend-spotting, and more. By Steven Brown   





2019 Guide to Symphony Pops Advertisers

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



headofclassHead of the Class 

As new cultural and economic imperatives are redefining the role of the conservatory, leaders from conservatories explain how their schools are redefining and expanding their mandate. By Brin Solomon  



upcloseandpersonalUp Close and Personal

Orchestral chamber-music concerts give musicians additional creative outlets—and offer audiences intimate musical encounters. By Chester Lane





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codaCoda: Harmonic Convergence

A new orchestra of musicians from multiple South Asian countries aims to promote understanding through music. Co-founder Nirupama Rao discusses the role orchestras can play in building bridges across geopolitical divides.





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