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SoundNotion – Episode 8 “Seventeen Alto Saxophones”


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This week’s panel:


This week’s topics include:

  • Matt Schoendorff joins us to talk about his experiences writing for wind ensembles and young musicians.
  • The ongoing saga of the Detroit Symphony continues. The musicians have offered to return to work if DSO administrators agrees to binding arbitration.
  • As of this recording, there has been no official response to the musicians’ offer.
  • Also, the DSO is losing musicians to other orchestras, including it’s entire percussion section.
  • Ben Rosen published an editorial on the Huffington Post this week about the economics of classical music.
  • An National Endowment for the Arts study suggests that while audiences are not attending performances or museums very much, they are interacting with the arts on the web. Remind you of anyone?
  • Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross won an Oscar for their score to the Social Network.
  • Steve Reich is about to turn 75. Happy birthday Steve!
  • Philip Glass is starting a new arts festival in Carmel Valley, California.
  • James Levine resigns his position with the Boston Symphony due to health reasons, allowing him to focus on his duties at the Met.
  • 2011 is the Year of the Composer, but only in Vermont. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.
  • Drew McManus of Adaptistration will be joining us next week to talk about the business side of orchestras in general, and the Detroit Symphony in particular.
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