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I know I haven’t been posting here the past few days as I’ve been hella busy, but wanted to post some recent news in the Classical music world.

The Louisville Bach Society will cease operations at the end of this season:

After 47 years of performance in the Louisville, area, the Louisville Bach Society has decided to cease operations at the close of the 2011 season. The season will culminate with a performance of Bach’s magnificent Mass in B minor, a work which was one of Bach’s last works.

The decision was prompted by the retirement of the founders, Melvin and Margaret
Dickinson, compounded by a difficult economy facing the arts community. The Mass in
B minor will be performed on May 1st at 3 p.m. at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church.

The Syracuse Orchestra board has officially suspended the rest of its season after having difficulty reaching their fundraising goals to get the organization out of the red.  Drew McManus brings up the issue of the non-refundable tickets and donations in his recent blog post.

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra‘s board of trustees has voted to suspend operations on Sunday amid financial woes.

There were more than 20 concerts remaining in the orchestra’s season, including an April 27 concert by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The orchestra’s 18 full- and part-time staffers and 61 core and 14 contract musicians will be laid off Monday.

The Festival of Orchestras in Orlando, Florida, will close down.

After a recent near sell-out spectacular performance of the world famous Boston Pops, the 27-year-old organization announced it must cease operations at the end of the month due to waning finances directly related to the struggling economy, the organization’s Board of Directors announced.

As responsible stewards of the non-profit organization, the board recently announced to patrons that the Festival’s 27th season for presenting world-class orchestra performances would be its finale.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra may now shut down its summer season as well.

The Louisville Orchestra has been granted two more months for filing its reorganization.

EDIT: David Beem has some great things to say about Music Educators and symphonic organizations (especially about the Syracuse Symphony) in a recent post:


  1. Is there a fancy-pants way of connecting this post with mine?? I didn’t know about Louisville or Orlando, and would like to direct my readers here. I could just add a link to my post, but you seem to know all the slick methods.


    • If you add a link to your post it will automatically create a trackback link to mine. I’ll add a link to yours and it will create a trackback to you post–that’s the easiest way to do it.


  2. Jon- this isn’t totally relevant to the topic at hand here, but I wanted to put some good news with this post because it’s so sad. We’ve had this discussion before about alternative music programs and I thought I’d point out a few cool non-western things that I’m hoping you appreciate. I started looking at the UC Davis and CSU Sacramento music departments because they are local. The each have only one non-western course:

    At UC Davis:

    148. Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (2)

    Rehearsal–2 hours. Basics of Hindustani music through theory and practice. Fundamentals of raga (mode) and tala (rhythms) with special emphasis on improvisation, a central feature of khyal (singing style). Five ragas each quarter. May be repeated up to six times for credit. (P/NP grading only.)–I, II. (I, II.) Sahai

    and at CSU Sacramento:

    MUSC 38S. Beginning Shakuhachi. Elementary class instruction in the fundamentals of playing the traditional Japanese flute known as the shakuhachi. The focus is on fundamental blowing and fingering techniques, as well as the basis of the fu ho u notation system. Note: Open to Music majors and minors; others by instructor permission. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 1.0

    But! I was thinking about my husband’s musical experiences at UC Santa Cruz and remembered him talking about taking a North Indian Classical class from Aashish Khan at the university. Upon further research it turns out they have a North Indian Music Workshop, a Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, and a West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. Plus, they have their Eurasian Ensemble, which supposedly focuses on music from central Asia. I also noticed a class called “Music of the Silk Road” listed, though it didn’t give much info on it.

    So, while they don’t have a non-western specialization for the music major, they’re offering a lot of cool stuff. Thought you’d like to know!


    • Awesome! Yeah, schools with ethnomusicology departments are where so many of these non-Western ensembles are found–in a way, the educational institutions are the leaders in that field–hence the alternative strings program at the k-12 level. Great that those are relatively close to you, so maybe you can take part in them soon!


  3. The ones in Santa Cruz are just too far — it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive assuming there’s no traffic :/ and singing/wind instruments are out due to the whole asthma thing 😦 I swear I WILL find something someday (kinda like I will eventually find a western ensemble around here that I can play with also!)


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