Latest Orchestral music News

Vermont Symphony Orchestra director planning to retire

Sep. 18, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is planning to retire. The Times Argus reports the orchestra announced Tuesday that Jaime Laredo will step down at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Laredo has led the Vermont symphony since 2000. Orchestra Executive Director...

Detroit's Orchestra Hall celebrating centennial in many ways

Sep. 15, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An acoustical and architectural gem in Detroit is turning 100, and the milestone is being marked in numerous ways. Centennial celebrations for Orchestral Hall include a free concert on Oct. 23 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which makes its home on the stage. Orchestra officials say the...

Baltimore symphony delays start of season amid labor dispute

Sep. 14, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra isn't starting its 2019-20 season as scheduled because of an extended labor dispute with its musicians. The orchestra announced a free concert set for Saturday evening was delayed by one week. The Baltimore Sun reports the concert is designed to preview...

Mazzola to succeed Davis as Lyric Opera music director

Sep. 12, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

There will be two Italian music directors in Chicago. Enrique Mazzola will become the top conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago following the retirement of Andrew Davis at the end of the 2020-21 season. Mazzola joins Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since the 2010-11 season. "It's...

Baltimore Symphony musicians hit management with complaint

Sep. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing orchestra management of unfair labor practices. News outlets report the charge was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board. The musicians say the orchestra hasn't bargained in good...

Sheriff: Woman's body recovered; search resumes for children

Sep. 10, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Northern Mississippi authorities have recovered the body of a woman who crashed into the Mississippi River near Fitz Casino. WMC-TV reports Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp confirms the body of 29-year-old Symphony Wilson was found late Monday night. The two children who were also in...

Music director at KC Symphony to step down in 2023

Sep. 9, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The longtime music director for the Kansas City Symphony will leave his position, but not for a few years. The symphony on Monday announced that Michael Stern will step down at the end of the 2022-23 season. After that, he will become music director laureate. A news release from the...

Symphony brought music back to a long-abandoned theater

Aug. 26, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Mark Halstead doesn't remember the Palace Theater in its heyday. Halstead, executive director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, grew up in Bridgeport but by the time he was born the theater, and the city, was in a downturn. "I unfortunately grew up while the city was declining,"...

9-year-old girl sues German boys choir over gender bias

Aug. 15, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom. The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in Germany,...

European theaters mostly wait-and-see on Domingo accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see. The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera immediately announced they...