Spring for Music: A Retrospective

Sunday, May 15, 2011

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)

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Comments [2]

Kathryn from Boston

Thank you for this wonderful series. I hope there will be a new "Spring for Music" next year!

May. 15 2011 05:39 PM
Michael Meltzer

Interesting post, good spread, thanks for the info.
I only question the photograph: Carnegie Hall evokes to me the timeless, even the eternal and immortal, musical homecoming. The taxicab evokes, "Hurry up driver! Let's move! I'm late!"
The taxicab is the moustache on the Mona Lisa.

May. 15 2011 04:38 AM

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