How does a large, 52-week orchestra like the Houston Symphony truly become Houston’s Symphony? What does it mean for an orchestra to develop authentic connections to the residents of the fourth largest and most diverse city in the US? These are the questions that the musicians, Board, staff and volunteers of the Houston Symphony are asking themselves as we strive to achieve our bold 2025 Vision – to become the country’s most relevant and accessible top ten orchestra.
"With my program, I’m seeking a kind of synesthesia, where we can easily cross the boundary of sensory experience from hearing to seeing to feeling. That’s where the music comes in. Part of the fun for me is finding artists that help me create a palette of colors I can invoke when I get to a certain experience of feeling. When it’s really working, and it doesn’t always, the music plays itself because it’s exactly right to what we were just talking about."
Growing up around classical music, I’ve never had to think twice about listening to Bach or Beethoven, much less venturing into the concert hall to hear great music played live, but that’s not the case for many of my college classmates. This problem was sitting on the top of the Amherst College Music Department’s to-do list during this last school year. Because of this, I was invited by Alisa Pearson, the Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity at Amherst College, to join a student innovation team tasked with building community, sparking curiosity and generating excitement for the Music@Amherst concert series.
When Kidznotes kicked off in 2010, it was just me, an old laptop, and donated closet space at the Durham Arts Council. With the incredible energy of a scrappy and devoted Board of Directors and my passion for El Sistema as a musician-entrepreneur, that year Kidznotes enrolled 60 Kindergarten through third graders in three Title-1 schools in East Durham. As of 2015, we have grown dramatically to enroll nearly 400 kids.
The ukulele, that diminutive four-stringed marvel that is closely associated with Hawaiian music but also delighted such famous devotees as George Harrison and Paul McCartney (not to mention Don Ho and Tiny Tim), as well as more modern players like Sara Bareilles and former Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes, was once considered a novelty instrument. In recent years, however, it has been taken more seriously and been more ubiquitous.
Don’t believe everything you’ve read about Buffalo! Yes, the city does have occasional epic snowstorms, and for decades has faced the usual rust-belt challenges. What you might not know is that the city of Buffalo is on the rise. Businesses are moving back, building cranes are visible downtown, our extraordinary architecture is being dusted off and restored, and the arts are thriving.
Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Each one has revolutionized the way in which we connect with the world around us. Facebook keeps us connected with our friends old and new. Twitter lets us stay informed to the latest news. LinkedIn is a platform that helps people in many fields find their dream jobs. However, none of these platforms are specialized enough to serve our needs as musicians.
I’ve finally gotten to my last days in London. I can’t believe how fast this amazing adventure went, but I’m thankful that I got to experience it. I’ve finally come to terms with leaving because I do miss my family a lot. However, I’ll be very sad to leave this city. It has become my home and even though I know I’ll always have it to come back to, I’m not so sure when I’ll be landing at Heathrow Airport again. Hopefully that will not be too far into the future.
Following a successful 2014 tour, Sound Impact is returning to Costa Rica! Learn all about their plans in this latest video.
Boston's boundary-pushing classical chamber group Radius Ensemble has an exciting new season of commissions, concerts, and recording their first commercial album.
Learn about this remarkable El Sistema-inspired program based in Durham, North Carolina.
This piece came out of a collaboration with Chicago's bike project, The Recyclery; integrating synchronized biking and industrial recycling with dance and newly-composed music.
Witness the profound impact of this El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Experience the infectious energy of this versatile trio.
Flutist and Musicovation co-founder Elizabeth Erenberg introduces her newly released album "ASCEND" with composer commentary and sneak peaks of the release concert on April 26th.
It's the last day of Amy's internship. Today she'll either get hired for a paid, full-time job so she can stay in NYC to pursue her dream. Or she won't and it'll be time to go home. How will Amy's 59 day adventure end?
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