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2019

Nov 11, 2019

The Cleveland Orchestra reports balanced budget and record endowment in fiscal 2019. Read more here.

Nov 11, 2019

The Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera are cultivating musical careers for women. Read more here.

Nov 11, 2019

The Grand Rapids Symphony renews contract with its music director. Read more here.

Nov 11, 2019

The Boston Symphony releases a new CD of recent commissions. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony pauses during European tour to remember the Tree of Life shooting. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

Utah Symphony presents America’s Wonders in 3D, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Zion National Park. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

Houston Symphony to participate in EarShot Composers Residency, supporting emerging orchestral composers from underrepresented demographics. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

Chicago Lyric Opera inaugurates a commitment to more contemporary works. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra celebrate their partnership and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

The Louisville Orchestra held its first performance at the city's newest performance venue. Read more here.

Nov 4, 2019

Dallas Symphony Orchestra symposium aims to change the game for women in the classical music industry. Read more here.

Oct 28, 2019

The Met’s Herculean task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours. Read more here.

Oct 28, 2019

Casting of San Francisco Opera’s Figaro lays bare the racial fault lines in opera. Read more here.

Oct 28, 2019

The Florida Orchestra brings back free happy hour concerts. Read more here.

Oct 28, 2019

The L.A. Phil celebrates 100 years with gala, concert and nighttime drone display. Read more here.

Oct 21, 2019

Music Director JoAnn Falletta's contract with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has been extended for five years. Read more here.

Oct 21, 2019

Milwaukee Symphony's new concert hall on track for September 2020. Read more here.

Oct 21, 2019

Baroque master Richard Egarr begins his St Paul Chamber Orchestra partnership. Read more here.

Oct 14, 2019

After Cuba and South Africa, next destinations for the Minnesota Orchestra are Vietnam and South Korea. Read more here.

Oct 14, 2019

The Columbus Symphony travels the Underground Railroad in Sanctuary Road. Read more here.

Oct 14, 2019

The Houston Symphony announces a four-concert chamber music series featuring its musicians. Read more here.

Oct 11, 2019

ICSOM has launched a campaign to save the pensions of AFM members and those of millions of other Americans in multi-employer pension plans. Read more here.

Oct 7, 2019

Chad Smith, who has overseen the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s programming, will be its new CEO. Read more here.

Oct 7, 2019

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra resurrects a 1919 program in honor of Orchestra Hall's 100th birthday. Read more here.

Sep 30, 2019

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians announce the ratification of a one-year contract, ending a 16-week labor dispute. Read more here.

Sep 30, 2019

The economic impact of The Cleveland Orchestra? $135 million dollars annually! Read more here.

Sep 30, 2019

Utah Symphony President/CEO Paul Meecham announces his resignation. Read more here.

Sep 23, 2019

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians and management announce that they have reached tentative agreement. Read more here.

Sep 23, 2019

The Cleveland Orchestra extends Music Director Franz Welser-Most’s contract to 2027 and reveals plans for the next five years. Read more here.

Sep 23, 2019

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra makes big financial progress, posting a $1.1 million surplus in its operating budget for the 2018-19 season. Read more here.

Sep 23, 2019

In its 136-year history, the Metropolitan Opera has never staged an opera by a black composer. But that will finally change. Read more here.

Sep 23, 2019

From there to here. 75 Years of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

Sep 23, 2019

Los Angeles Philharmonic Chief Executive Simon Woods resigns, leaving supporters stunned. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

We have to do everything we can to hold onto these musicians and hold onto our orchestra ... to figure out how we can be a part of the solution to make sure that we save this great orchestra. Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

Lyric Opera of Chicago announces Enrique Mazzola as their new Music Director. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern to step down in 2023. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

The BSO Musicians have filed unfair labor charges against the management of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces a new 3-day Women in Classical Music symposium. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra's Executive Director Jonathan Parrish announces his departure. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

After 28 years at the podium, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta prepares to say goodbye. Read more here.

Sep 16, 2019

We thought we would reach an agreement on Monday, BSO Negotiation Committee co-chair Brian Prechtl said. I believe this is something that could be worked out in a single afternoon if that’s what management wanted to do. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2019

We expect talks to continue. We continue to work towards preserving the orchestra it has taken 103 years to build. Brian Prechtl, co-chairman of the BSO Players’ Committee. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2019

San Antonio Symphony musicians will see pay increase as organization continues to resurrect finances. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2019

San Francisco Symphony’s 2019 gala was their biggest night ever, raising more money for programs and education than even the centenary celebration. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2019

BSO Musicians to put on free concert to celebrate Baltimore. Read more here.

Sep 2, 2019

The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra report that, as the beginning of the new season nears, there has been no movement from management towards an acceptable contract offer. Read more here.

Sep 2, 2019

Consensus has been reached to ease permit requirements for musical instruments! Policy requests involving instruments were approved which will improve the mobility of musicians worldwide. Read more here.

Sep 2, 2019

The New York City Opera’s September 9th concert celebrates the company’s 75th anniversary. Read more here.

Aug 31, 2019

Election results for the 2019-20 ICSOM Governing Board! Read more here

Aug 28, 2019

Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam have made a major donation to the city’s music programs, including $1 million to The Cleveland Orchestra. Read more here.

Aug 28, 2019

Is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra mismanaging its assets? Read more here.

Aug 28, 2019

BSO musicians say they won’t play without a contract and want to be included in decision making. Read more here.

Aug 23, 2019

San Antonio Symphony renews confidence with a multi-year musician contract. Read more here.

Aug 20, 2019

Former ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge gave the keynote address at the recent conference of the Symphony Orchestra Musicians Association in Sydney, Australia. Read more here.

Aug 16, 2019

The 2020 spring residency session (FEB-APR) of The Hambidge Center offers a fellowship for musicians which waives the fee and provides a stipend for an outstanding first-time Hambidge resident. Application deadline is SEPT 15th. To apply, click here.

Aug 5, 2019

The Kansas City Symphony and its musicians have reached an early extension of their collective bargaining agreement. The two-year extension to the current four-year agreement takes the agreement through June 2023. Read more here.

Aug 1, 2019

No business ever solved a financial problem by offering an inferior product. Cutting the length of the season only diminishes the orchestra’s presence in the community. Bruce Ridge, former ICSOM Chair. Read more here.

Aug 1, 2019

Next summer, the venue for the San Diego Symphony’s annual outdoor concert series could be an ultramodern, permanent structure. Read more here.

Aug 1, 2019

Cranes, bicycles, and Beethoven’s 6th: Philadelphia Orchestra remembers 1973 in Beijing. Read more here.

Aug 1, 2019

Committee okays $3 Million to help the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra move the old theater's wall and rebuild the street for their new music hall. Read more here.

Aug 1, 2019

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra gets $80,000 grant to hold sensory-friendly concerts. Read more here.

Aug 1, 2019

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Cone Institute, providing composers with the opportunity to collaborate with an orchestra, returns. Read more here.

Jul 22, 2019

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concealed its audits because they show the extent of the mismanagement of the group. Read more here.

Jul 22, 2019

Leaked emails show Baltimore Symphony management suggested Governor Hogan deliver funds with a scripted message. Read more here.

Jul 17, 2019

ICSOM’S CALL TO ACTION swiftly reaches over $250,000 in SUPPORT of MUSICIANS of the BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Read more here.

Jul 15, 2019

Letter of support from the St. Louis Symphony Musicians to the locked out Baltimore Symphony Musicians. Read it here.

Jul 15, 2019

Fewer people are auditioning to play with the Pittsburgh Symphony. What, if anything, does this mean? Read more here.

Jul 15, 2019

At the Philadelphia Orchestra, a record-breaking $55 million gift raises the bar for local philanthropy — and that’s not all. Read more here.

Jul 15, 2019

Current Baltimore Symphony Orchestra foundation board won’t be able to attract new funders. Read more here.

Jul 8, 2019

Baltimore Symphony Musicians play for a loyal audience of 5,000+ fans, despite being locked out, in a triumphant celebration of our country's greatness. Read more here.

Jul 8, 2019

Daniel E. Beckley is the newly appointed executive director of the Kansas City Symphony. Read more here.

Jul 8, 2019

Former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Yuri Temirkanov backs players in bitter labor dispute. Read more here.

Jul 1, 2019

Detroit Symphony Orchestra improved its financial standing with openness and trust. The BSO can do the same. Read more here.

Jul 1, 2019

Former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's music director David Zinman walked the picket line, declaring he was shocked, mortified and horrified for what is being attempted against the BSO musicians. Read more here.

Jun 24, 2019

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s current leadership has chosen to make decisions that are causing unnecessary damage to the institution, including locking out the musicians. Read more here.

Jun 24, 2019

How the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial season delivered on the promise of unprecedented goods. Read more here.

Jun 19, 2019

The 101st AFM Convention members wrote an emergency resolution regarding the members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ... read more.

Jun 17, 2019

BSO management locks out its musicians as of June 17, 2019. Click here for the Baltimore Symphony Musicians' press statement.

Jun 17, 2019

ICSOM issues CALL TO ACTION in support of the members of the Baltimore Symphony. Read more...

Jun 17, 2019

ICSOM Chairperson Meredith Snow’s address to the 2019 AFM Convention ... read more here.

Jun 16, 2019

Baltimore County to host free July concert featuring BSO Musicians to replace a cancelled Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert. Read more here.

Jun 16, 2019

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s musicians have made concessions time and again to bail out bad management. Read more here.

Jun 10, 2019

Philadelphia Orchestra receives largest gift in its history. Read more here.

Jun 10, 2019

Grant Park Orchestra and board agree to a 3-year collective bargaining pact. Read more here.

Jun 10, 2019

Is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra headed for a lockout? In recent weeks, the ongoing dispute between musicians and management has reached a tipping point over financial woes. Read more here.

Jun 10, 2019

72 lawmakers call on Governor Hogan to release money for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

Jun 6, 2019

I just want to work. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians say threatened job cuts could disrupt lives, jeopardize needed healthcare. Read more here.

Jun 5, 2019

Musicians play on after Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels concerts, shortens season because of fiscal woes. Read more here.

Jun 5, 2019

At 100, the LA Philharmonic Is Finding New Ways to Reach Music Lovers (Podcast). Read more here.

May 27, 2019

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan passed HB 1404 The John C. Merrill Act which will provide an additional $3.2 million in state funding to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

May 27, 2019

A unanimous Dallas City Council vote handed oversight of the 30-year-old Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center from the city to the Dallas Symphony Association. Read more here.

May 27, 2019

Eleven members of the Minnesota Orchestra traveled to Cuba to act as mentors for the first tour of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra. Read more here.

May 27, 2019

Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony’s music director since 2009, will step down in 2022. Read more here.

May 27, 2019

CBS Sunday Morning featured Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams. Read more here.

May 20, 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra has made regular trips to China for 46 years, visiting more frequently over the last 9 years as an agent of cultural diplomacy. Read more here.

May 20, 2019

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra music director Ward Stare to leave the orchestra in 2021. Read more here.

May 20, 2019

The Phoenix Symphony begins a new series that brings the live musical experience to the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Read more here.

May 20, 2019

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic will launch Music of Conscience, 3 weeks of exploring the ways in which composers have used music to respond to the social and political issues of their times. Read more here.

May 13, 2019

Baltimore Symphony musicians have organized an all-inclusive event, Music in the Heights, aimed to heal their community. Read more here.

May 13, 2019

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director Krzysztof Urbański will leave after 2021. Read more here.

May 13, 2019

Facing revenue shortfall, St Paul Chamber Orchestra cuts Liquid Music series. The measure comes after the orchestra lost three major sources of funding. Read more here.

May 12, 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, a program of the League of American Orchestras! Read more here.

May 6, 2019

Dallas Symphony Orchestra bands together for concert to benefit its struggling members. Read more here.

May 6, 2019

Houston Symphony celebrates Houston's refugee communities with the project Resilient Sounds. Read more here.

May 6, 2019

April 2019 marks ICSOM's 10 year anniversary on Twitter. Thanks to our 9,338 followers for assisting us in our mission of promoting unity among musicians everywhere, through 13K tweets about orchestras, classical music, and the arts since April 2009! Follow us at @ICSOM

May 6, 2019

San Francisco Opera holding solidarity concert for Notre Dame Cathedral after fire. Read more here.

May 6, 2019

How Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped end the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike. Read more here.

Apr 29, 2019

Chicago Symphony ends its longest strike with pension change. Read more here.

Apr 29, 2019

CSO Musicians ratify contract negotiated at City Hall. Read more here.

Apr 29, 2019

Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages. Read more here.

Apr 29, 2019

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra launches NJSO Colton Fellowship for musicians from underrepresented communities. Read more here.

Apr 29, 2019

Elections are to be held at the 2019 conference for the positions of ICSOM President, Secretary and two Governing Board Members-at-Large. Read more details here.

Apr 25, 2019

ICSOM’s Call to Action swiftly meets the $200,000 mark to support Musicians of the Chicago Symphony. Read more here.

Apr 22, 2019

$3.2 million grant from Maryland legislature may help Baltimore Symphony Orchestra settle contract dispute. Read more here.

Apr 22, 2019

A new day for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, taking steps to refresh its image. Read more here.

Apr 22, 2019

London’s Royal Opera House has lost its appeal over the life-changing hearing damage caused to a musician at a rehearsal of Wagner's Die Walkure. Read more here.

Apr 22, 2019

“Dismiss the greatness of the CSO and we will be publicly embarrassed locally, nationally and globally. Respect the musicians and Chicago will be honored for its commitment to culture.” Jeff Rice, Senior Lecturer/Northwestern University. Read more here.

Apr 22, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association rejects latest offer from the CSO Musicians; strike to go on. Read more here.

Apr 15, 2019

International Federation of Musicians (FIM) sent a formal protest letter to Jeff Alexander, President/CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, in support of the Musicians of the CSO. View the letter here.

Apr 15, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians reject management’s proposal; strike continues. Read more here.

Apr 15, 2019

Musicians from ICSOM’s member orchestras have made donations in response to ICSOM’s Call to Action in support of the striking Musicians of the Chicago Symphony. Read our press statement here.

Apr 15, 2019

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announces their 2019-20 season, its 75th! Read more here.

Apr 8, 2019

Executive profile of Mark Cantrell, the new President/CEO of The Florida Orchestra. Read more here.

Apr 8, 2019

News from the Hawai'i Symphony's world premiere of Raise Hawaiki, a collaborative artistic interpretation of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua worldwide voyage. Read more here.

Apr 8, 2019

The St Louis Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 50-year partnership with conductor Leonard Slatkin when the orchestra’s conductor laureate returns April 27-May 4. Read more here.

Apr 8, 2019

Press Release (04/08/2019): ICSOM's Call to Action for the Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

Apr 4, 2019

ICSOM has issued a Call to Action for the Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.

Apr 1, 2019

San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing will step down in 2020 and has issued a $100,000 challenge grant. Read more here.

Apr 1, 2019

Utah Symphony And Utah Opera Commemorate 150th Anniversary Of Transcontinental Railroad. Read more here.

Mar 28, 2019

2019 Fall Residency Session for musicians at The Hambidge Center (Sept/Dec) waives the fee for a 2-week residency and provides a $700 stipend for 1st-time Hambidge residents. Application deadline is APR 15th. Read more and apply here.

Mar 25, 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians are the living trust of our greatest achievements in orchestral performance. These musicians deserve to be paid accordingly, and they deserve to retire with dignity, said ICSOM President Paul Austin. Read more here.

Mar 25, 2019

Alive and vital, the Louisville Orchestra signs Teddy Abrams for 5 more years as Music Director. Read more here.

Mar 25, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins other Democratic leaders in support of Chicago Symphony Orchestra strikers. Read more here.

Mar 25, 2019

The Kansas City Symphony named a new executive director, Daniel E. Beckley, who has served as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Read more here.

Mar 25, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas opens up about his approaching final season with the San Francisco Symphony. Read more here.

Mar 18, 2019

“I am here with my musicians.” Music Director Riccardo Muti supported the striking CSO Musicians outside Symphony Center on March 12, 2019. Read more here.

Mar 18, 2019

Robert Spano will join the Fort Worth Symphony for 3 years beginning in 2020 as Principal Guest Conductor. Read more here.

Mar 18, 2019

The New York Philharmonic commissions Distinguished Professor Tania León for 100th anniversary celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Read more here.

Mar 18, 2019

The San Francisco Symphony announces lineup for Michael Tilson Thomas’ last season. Read more here.

Mar 13, 2019

Philadelphia Orchestra reaches early, four-year labor pact with musicians. Read more here.

Mar 11, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians picket in front of Orchestra Hall after announcing strike. Read more here.

Mar 11, 2019

Utah Symphony musicians hold fundraiser for Haitian Orchestra Institute. Read more here.

Mar 11, 2019

Esa-Pekka Salonen Says Tweak the Orchestra, Don’t Blow it Up. Read more here.

Mar 4, 2019

Maggie McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat and chair of the House appropriations committee, files bill to give Baltimore Symphony Orchestra $3.2M over two years and create a study group on finances. Read more here.

Feb 25, 2019

Louisville Orchestra names Robert Massey as new CEO. Read more here.

Feb 25, 2019

A new state-of-the-art Symphony Hall is potentially in the works in Denver. Read more here.

Feb 18, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians vote to authorize a strike on March 10th. Read more here.

Feb 18, 2019

Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist settles equal-pay lawsuit with orchestra. Read more here.

Feb 18, 2019

As he watches the political unrest in his native country grow, the Venezuela-born conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Carlos Izcaray is turning to a familiar place in search of solace and hope: music. Read more here.

Feb 11, 2019

The Boston Symphony Orchestra scores 2 Grammys for Shostakovich recordings. Read more here.

Feb 11, 2019

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program celebrates their 25th anniversary. Read more here.

Feb 11, 2019

The Nippon Foundation has announced they are currently accepting applications for their 2019 Fine Instrument Loan Project. Applications are due March 31st. Read more here.

Feb 7, 2019

The League of American Orchestras invites nominations for the 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Apply by March 4th and click here for more information.

Feb 4, 2019

From Mao to Mozart: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 80-year relationship with China. Read more here.

Feb 4, 2019

Q&A with President/CEO Doug Shipman on the future of Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center and pushing for a new symphony hall. Read more here.

Jan 28, 2019

The New York Philharmonic explores the city's immigrant roots in Threads Of Our City initiative. Read more here.

Jan 28, 2019

The Virginia Symphony has announced its classics lineup for what will be a bittersweet 2019-20 season – JoAnn Falletta's final season as music director. Read more here.

Jan 28, 2019

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's new project sounds a lot like Lumenocity. But it's not. Read more here.

Jan 28, 2019

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 125th birthday in the 2019-20 season. Read more here.

Jan 22, 2019

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is struggling financially, but musicians say a shorter season is not the answer. Read more here.

Jan 22, 2019

Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya will take his final bow with the Fort Worth Symphony next season. Read more here.

Jan 22, 2019

The Cleveland Orchestra CEO reflects upon the organization’s 100th birthday and its recent high-profile terminations. Read more here.

Jan 14, 2019

Review of the January 8th BSO Musicians brass concert to benefit My Sister’s Place, which including members of the Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras. Read more here.

Jan 14, 2019

Jacksonville Symphony CEO Robert Massey announces his departure. Read more here.

Jan 14, 2019

The San Diego Symphony names Edo de Waart as its first Principal Guest Conductor. Read more here.

Jan 7, 2019

Inside the Icon: San Diego Symphony Orchestra. San Diego's oldest music institution rings in 2019 with a new music director and history spanning 109 years. Read more here.

Jan 7, 2019

The winners of the first-ever Classical Post Awards have been chosen, including the Louisville Orchestra for Most Innovative Presenter/Orchestra of 2018. Read more here.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

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