Performing arts innovate in desperate times

Jul 2, 2020
The show must go on — somehow — for theater and other live productions in order for their companies to survive financially.
A violinist plays to an empty concert hall during a video-recorded concert in Slovakia in May. Performing arts companies are finding innovative ways to stay financially viable in the face of COVID-19.
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Challenges to performing arts mount with fall season uncertain

Jun 10, 2020
Fall season is usually a big money-maker for nonprofit arts companies. The pandemic is threatening that crucial revenue stream.
The New York Philharmonic performs in 2018. About 40% of revenue for performing-arts nonprofits comes from live events.
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To help diversify American orchestras, one group is helping to get players to auditions

Aug 30, 2018
Gabrielle Skinner is in a coaching session for auditions at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She’s one of 18 musicians here, and she plays an excerpt from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on her viola.  Skinner, who plays with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York, is Latina and said sometimes she’s treated like an […]
The New World Symphony rehearses on stage at The Knight Concert Hall in the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts October 3, 2006 in Miami, Florida.
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On stage with the CEO of the LA Philharmonic

Mar 9, 2016
Kai goes to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to talk to Deborah Borda, CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Deborah Bordah, CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 
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Is it time for orchestras to change their tune?

Oct 6, 2014
Between labor disputes and declining ticket sales, budget issues and contract disputes, classical music halls are having a tough time.

Orchestra 2.0: Symphonies beat cable to a la carte

Mar 5, 2014
How a business built on sitting still and listening to old music is adapting to the new market.

Dudamel conducts on 'Sesame Street'

Feb 6, 2012
Beethoven meets Big Bird as Gustavo Dudamel, who created youth orchestras in his native Venezuela, seeks to inspire listeners of "Sesame Street."
Gustavo Dudamel conducts during the presentation of the 'Concierto Sinfonico Binacional' at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo's theatre in Bogota, on Dec. 15, 2010. Dudamel will be appearing on "Sesame Street."
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