The San Francisco Symphony canceled performances and an East Coast tour after musicians went out on strike to demand competitive salaries and benefits. Spencer Michels reports on labor disputes playing out at top orchestras across the country. Continue reading
After a sixth-month strike over pay cuts and balanced budgets, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returned to the stage this weekend for two free concerts thanking fans for their support. Ray Suarez talks to Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press about how the symphony’s return impacts the struggling city. Continue reading
After the Great Depression and a horrendous flood devastated Louisville, the city’s mayor and and the conductor of its symphony orchestra hatched a plan to make the city great again.
International pop star Sting is in the midst of an American and world tour with his ‘band’. This summer, that means a 45-piece band made up from members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who have been helping him re-create his past hits with a very different sound. He has a new album called “Symphonicities.”
For 17 days and nights every spring in Charleston, South Carolina, theaters, churches and outdoor spaces are home to opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.
While it might not appear to be the case, Ben Folds concedes he wasn’t entirely comfortable playing the piano in front of an orchestra at first. That’s because growing up in North Carolina, playing percussion in orchestras, he never dreamed he’d be the headliner.