Why Stand Partners for Life Should Be In Your Podcast Bookmarks

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In 2016, guest author and classical music blogging heavyweight, Jason Heath, was kind enough to compile a list of his go-to classical music podcasts. Since then, several additional podcasts have hit the market, one of which is Stand Partners for Life. Hosted by Nathan Cole, LA Philharmonic First Associate Concertmaster, and Akiko Tarumoto, LA Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster, the couple (who are married) explore a wild range of professional topics and how …

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Upcoming Articles And A Star Trek Music Nugget

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All things being equal, we should have some good articles coming up soon. This includes the deeper look into the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s recent stop-gap agreement as well as the follow-up article about the LA Opera’s program to put opera into popular media culture. The folks from LA Opera have been great about getting info on that program but there’s been a bit of a lull in communication due to…shall we …

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A Brand New Arts Admin Conference Resource

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Back in August, I posted something pointing out the arts admin conference resource Ceci Dadisman was building and earlier this week, she announced it is ready from prime time. As of now, there are 43 entries and she ended up expanding the criteria to include conferences outside the US and those that specialize in specific regions inside the US. In addition to the usual suspects, I was pleased to see a …

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Okay, Okay; I’ll Write About The Anne-Sophie Mutter Thing

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In the wake of all the messages from colleagues and readers asking when I’m writing about Anne-Sophie Mutter’s mexican standoff with a patron during a recent performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony, it looks like there’s no avoiding the topic. Spoiler alert: I’m not thrilled with the way she handled the situation. That doesn’t mean I don’t empathize with her frustration, but this isn’t the last time an …

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What Orchestra Musicians Might Learn From The Current UAW Strike

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How important is equal pay for equal work in today’s unionized orchestra environment? We examine this issue on a regular basis as it relates to substitute musicians, but the recent Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) work stoppage highlights a growing inequality at living wage orchestras between veteran and new-hire musicians by forcing the latter into a retirement program that provides markedly lower benefits. The impact on solidarity is self-apparent. In turn, degraded …

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