The musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra have been working hard for years to address issues of systemic racism and working to increase opportunity and diversity within the orchestral world. (Check out our latest efforts here.) As we all continue to learn, discuss, and implement plans, here are some links to interesting articles on the subject.
Washington Post: Ford Foundation fund to award an unprecedented $160 million to minority arts groups
NYTimes: Anthony McGill, ‘Citizen Musician,’ Wins $100,000 Award
New Yorker: Black Scholars Confront White Supremacy in Classical Music
Sarasota Magazine: Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot on Overcoming Racism in Classical Music
NYTimes: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions
Norman Lebrecht: Shop Talk Last Call: Board Diversity
NYTimes: Is New York’s Arts Diversity Plan Working? It’s Hard to Tell
NYTimes: Has the Detroit Institute of Arts Lost Touch With Its Home Town?
Grammy.com: "The 'Canon' Is Racist": How A Collective Of Black Musicians Are Exposing Racism In The Classical Music Community
Norman Lebrecht: Cincinatti Symphony Appoints a Chief Diversity Officer
San Francisco Symphony and Conservatory Launch Program to Commission Black Composers
Norman Lebrecht: Music schools are faced with BLM demands
Chicago Sun Times: Six artists of color make their mark in classical music
Inquirer: 'A Pretty Bleak Picture': Philadelphia Museum of Art workplace assessment
Inquirer: Art Museum Workers Unionize
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Orchestral auditions should be more 'blind,' not less
OperaWire: Morris Robinson on racism in opera
NYTimes: End Blind Auditions
Norman Lebrecht: Why Auditions Fail (And the NY Times is So Wrong)
Aaron Flagg: Anti-Black Discrimination in American Orchestras
Leonard Slatkin: On Diversity
The Kimmel Center has appointed six new members to their board. See the story here.
PA Democrats: Democratic Lawmakers Host Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts, Cultural, and Historical Institutions of PA
NYTimes: Over Headphones and in a Truck, the Philharmonic Stays Alive
Inquirer: Listening through a summer of sounds for what lies ahead for arts and culture in the city
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Symphony announces more salary cuts, furloughs and layoffs
Night After Night: A New Normal
Musical America: Boston Symphony Musicians agree to 37% cut
Washington Post: Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return
NBC Dallas/Ft. Worth: Bass Hall Extends Closure, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Fall Series Moved to Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
Adaptistration: After Five Months, Survey of Orchestra Employment Status
MPR News: Minnesota Orchestra will mount fall season without live audiences
Bloomberg: Investing in the Arts Will Speed Economic Recovery
Chicago Symphony: CSO Sessions, new streaming content available via CSOtv, launches this fall
TRG Arts: Who is booking now? Changes in ticket buyer demographics post COVID-19
DW: The Salzburg Festival defies the coronavirus
Forbes: Aerosol Studies Are Helping The Vienna Philharmonic And Other Orchestras Stay Safe From Covid-19
NY Times: With a Pickup Truck and an Open Mind, the Philharmonic Returns
DW: The Berlin Philharmonic's pandemic plan
Norman Lebrecht: If CAMI can fail, is anyone safe?
ABC News: Columbia Artists will shut down.
Norman Lebrecht: NY Phil starts outdoor recitals
NYTimes: Orchestras Looking to Broaden Horizons? Start Improvising
Vail Daily: Bravo! Vail reflects on a season that almost didn’t happen
LA Times: LA Phil filmed concerts in an empty Hollywood Bowl. You can stream them for free
Norman Lebrecht: UK scientists say singing is no riskier than ordering a drink
Classic FM: Research shows surge in young people streaming classical music
NYTimes: What's Your Risk Tolerance?
San Francisco Classical Voice: The Jigsaw Puzzle of Putting an Orchestra Onstage During Pandemic
International Musician: Wind Musician's Risk Assessment during Covid-19
Artnet: Cultural Institutions Spent a Whopping $7.9 Billion on New Buildings
Atlanta Symphony Reimagines 20-21 Season
AJC: Atlanta Symphony plans for a different kind of season
Inquirer: Museum of Art to Open in September
(NYTimes: Art Museum workers vote to unionize; and Inquirer story)
Cleveland Orchestra offers revised vision for 20-21 season
(Direct link to Cleveland Orchestra)
Early Music America: Lessons From a 17th-Century Bankrupt Opera House
The Daily Gazette: SPAC presents virtual Beethoven festival
Covid-19 Panel Discussion: Risk assessment for wind instrumentalists
Drew McManus: Not Everyone is Cancelling
Boston Globe: Boston Symphony cancels fall season
Inquirer: Opera Philadelphia Cancels O20 Festival
Houston Chronicle: Houston Symphony at the vanguard of live streaming
Arts Professional: How to get audiences to pay more for streamed content
Washington Post: Kennedy Center cuts staff
SF Chronicle: Critics debate pandemic's affects on the arts
Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Symphony cancels live performances through November
The Guardian: Finding out how dangerous blowing instruments and singing are
Michael Vincent: 12 Ways Pandemic Will Change Classical Music
David Maggs: Art, After Virus
Crosscut: The Arts Need a New Deal to Survive
ICSOM: Orchestral Safety Plans: A First Look
NYTimes: Met Opera Tries to Find Paying Customers
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Symphony Cancels 2020 Performances
Houston Chronicle: Do Orchestras Put Audiences at Risk?
Observer: Classical Music Reemerges in Asia and Europe
Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.
See this story from The Philadelphia Inquirer
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Musicians Reach Extraordinary Five-Year Agreement for Innovation, Impact and Stability. See details here.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will return to the stage and community for a transformed fall season, continuing a commitment to provide music of the highest artistic caliber imbued with deep civic purpose and social responsibility. With health and safety as the top priority, performances will be reimagined and filmed without audiences at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (in September and October) and in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (in November and December) to be presented weekly on the Orchestra’s Digital Stage at www.philorch.org. Subscription packages and single tickets to the Digital Stage will be available for purchase on Thursday, September 10, at 12 PM ET at www.philorch.org or by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1999. A chronological calendar of performances is available at www.philorch.org/press-room. Weekly small ensemble performances from locations throughout the Philadelphia region will also be made available to audiences for free. Click here or the photo above for more information.
Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia Orchestra goes shorter, smaller and virtual for the first part of the 2020-21 season
CNN has an interesting report on orchestras returning to the stage around the world, focusing on the Orchestre de Paris. See the video and story here.
Many Philadelphia city schoolkids were part of the two-week All City Orchestra Summer Academy sponsored by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and working with many Philadelphia Orchestra musicians. The culmination of this program is a virtual performance set to premiere August 11 at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live:
Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.