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Spring for Music: A Retrospective

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The first annual Spring for Music festival, which wrapped up at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night, had a big goal: to empower orchestras to take chances with their programming.

Despite coming against a backdrop of troubling news for many North American orchestras, each of the seven programs proved an adventure in risk-taking: The Oregon Symphony explored challenging themes of war and conflict; Toledo brought a major theater piece by André Previn and Tom Stoppard; Dallas captured the Civil Rights era with Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964; Albany re-imagined American spirituals while Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reinvented Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra arrived with a symphonic jazz composition while Montreal explored the very nature of the symphony. Below are the complete concerts, available for on-demand listening (Montreal will be posted shortly).

Click on the individual program to access the page containing the audio stream:

May 6 - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (audio)
May 7 - Toledo Symphony Orchestra (audio)
May 10 - Albany Symphony Orchestra (audio)
May 11 - Dallas Symphony Orchestra (audio)
May 12 - Oregon Symphony Orchestra (audio)
May 13 - Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (audio)
May 14 - Montréal Symphony Orchestra (audio)