Symphony: Winter 2020

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scoreThe Score

News and updates from orchestras everywhere. In this issue: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra names a new music director; the League moves into its new Manhattan home; the Kennedy Center’s REACH performing-arts campus opens; a sensory-friendly “Gentle Nutcracker” in Colorado.


Board Room

What to look out for as sweeping changes in tax policy, nonprofit governance, and philanthropy affect orchestras. By Heidi Waleson



Hidden Voices

Hidden Voices

Black composers have long been underrepresented in classical music. Now their music is increasingly performed by orchestras. Will it last? By Rosalyn Story 



Pod Wave

Classical music podcasts are surging, reaching new audiences along the way. By Hannah Edgar 





Healing Chords

How orchestras and musicians are helping to destigmatize mental illness. By Michele C. Hollow 




youngatheartYoung at Heart

Tips and updates from folks on the front lines presenting family concerts. By Keith Powers  






Six of today’s emerging artists talk about their visions for the classical music world. By Vivien Schweitzer 




Guide to Emerging Artists 

The conductors, composers, ensembles, and soloists on the rise, in an indispensable guide.  






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codafirstpersonCoda: First Person

As 2020 begins, we look at back what some important voices from inside and outside the orchestra field have had to say on Symphony’s Coda page.





Happy reading! Look for the next issue of Symphony in Spring 2020.

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