Magazine article International Musician

News Briefs

Magazine article International Musician

News Briefs

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Symphony Bill Clears Hurdle

The Hawaii House Tourism & Culture Committee approved a bill to unlock millions of dollars in funds for the Honolulu Symphony. The Hawaii Legislature last year approved a $4 million matching grant for the Honolulu Symphony, but the money was not released due to an interpretation of the law by the state attorney general. The money is intended for an endowment fund, the interest of which can be applied to the orchestra's operating costs.

ASO to Build

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the Woodruff Arts Center have announced plans to build a 12,000 seat amphitheater on 45 acres of land in Alpharetta, Georgia, near Atlanta. In addition, long-range plans for the Encore Park for the Arts include a performing and visual arts complex and education center. The amphitheater is scheduled to open in summer 2008, when the ASO will become the only US orchestra to operate two major amphitheaters.

Minnesota Goes Online

The Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven symphony cycle is available for download through online music retailers. To mark the online release of the recordings and to kick off two weeks of Beethoven performances, the orchestra continued its innovative " Breakfast with Beethoven" program, the third such event was held February 1. Starting at 5 a.m., the first 750 people who passed through the Orchestra Hall driveway received a complimentary pastry, newspaper, and $10 iTunes gift card.

NACO Gives Back

The musicians of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) raised more than $55,000 through their 2006 Christmas FanFair fundraising campaign. …

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