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Classical 101

Rocky Times For Classical Music in the Rocky Mountain State

A Report Says a Quick Fiscal Turnaround is Needed, Or the Symphony Could Go Under.

Just as some orchestras are managing to keep expenses in check and improve their bottom line, the Colorado Symphony finished the 2010-2011 season with a nearly $650,000 deficit.  The symphony and its players union began renegotiating their recently approved labor agreement Friday as part of an attempt to slash expenses and balance the organization's 2011-12 budget. Read Budget Weighing On CSO (Denver Post)

Longy School of Music Officially Merged With Bard College

In 1915, Georges Longy, the eminent principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, founded the Longy School in Boston to provide comprehensive training in musicianship and performance in the Paris Conservatoire model.  Now, nearly 100 years later, the school has merged with Bard College in an attempt to put music education on a firmer foundation. Read A Music School Peers Into Its Future (Boston Globe)

Iraq’s Finest Head For Beethoven Fest

Speaking of the future of music, I must agree with Norman Lebrecht when he says that, "If ever an orchestra needed our support, it's this one."  The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq makes it's Beethovenfest debut in Bonn October 1st. Read Musicians 4 Harmony here Read a Diary of Their Trip here