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American Orchestras: Endangered Species?

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The Philadelphia Orchestra has just declared bankruptcy. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is emerging from a bruising, six-month strike. The orchestras of Honolulu and Syracuse have folded in recent months. Many communities are left wondering: what's the prognosis for my local symphony?

But while many American orchestras face great challenges, a hopeful note can be found in the groups that are exploring new models of presentation, recording and community engagement.

In an effort to better understand the state of the American orchestra and where it's headed, WQXR welcomes four people working deep in the trenches:

Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
Eric Jacobsen, Co-Artistic Director of The Knights
Tony Woodcock, President of the New England Conservatory
Raymond M. Hair, Jr., President of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

Graham Parker, the Vice President of WQXR moderates

What: The Next New York Conversation: American Orchestras: Endangered Species?
: May 3, 2011 at 7 pm
: The Greene Space (Tickets) and Webcast at (but not on 105.9 FM)

In advance of the discussion, tell us: Where is innovation happening among American orchestras? Please leave your comments below. You can also send us messages via Twitter: @WQXRClassical with the hashtag #OrchestraTalk