Tab dump 12/14/09

New Hampshire Music Festival musicians have filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against management with the National Labor Relations Board.

The Cleveland posts A Deficit.

Nobody thinks there was a magic ingredient in Strads anymore; nonetheless, people still insist on debunking the idea.

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridges talks about stuff with Polyphonic senior editor Ann Drinan.

Negotiations aren’t going well in Long Beach.

The Baltimore Symphony gets a big gift for its education programs.

Conductors suffer from age discrimination too.

Milwaukee’s United Performing Arts Fund raised lots of money.

It’s hard to run an orchestra in a community that looks like post-WWII Berlin, except without the people.

But it’s not impossible, at least if the orchestra is the recipient of a massive endowment gift.

Michael Kaiser thinks the answer to our problems is more interesting programming. He also thinks the answer to my pitch problems is to put my fingers in the right place more often.

The NEA believes audiences for what we do are shrinking.

About the author

Robert Levine
Robert Levine

Robert Levine has been the Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony since September 1987. Before coming to Milwaukee Mr. Levine had been a member of the Orford String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, with whom he toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and South America. Prior to joining the Orford Quartet, Mr. Levine had served as Principal Violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, and the Oklahoma City Symphony, as well as serving as guest principal with the orchestras of Indianapolis and Hong Kong.

He has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, the Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), and numerous community orchestras in Northern California and Minnesota. He has also been featured on American Public Radio's nationally broadcast show "St. Paul Sunday Morning" on several occasions.

Mr. Levine has been an active chamber musician, having performed at the Festival Rolandseck in Germany, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Palm Beach Festival, the "Strings in the Mountains" Festival in Colorado, and numerous concerts in the Twin Cities and Milwaukee. He has also been active in the field of new music, having commissioned and premiered works for viola and orchestra from Minnesota composers Janika Vandervelde and Libby Larsen.

Mr. Levine was chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians from 1996 to 2002 and currently serves as President of the Milwaukee Musicians Association, Local 8 of the American Federation of Musicians, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. He has written extensively about issues concerning orchestra musicians for publications of ICSOM, the AFM, the Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the League of American Orchestras.

Mr. Levine attended Stanford University and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland. His primary teachers were Aaron Sten and Pamela Goldsmith. He also studied with Paul Doctor, Walter Trampler, Bruno Giuranna, and David Abel.

He lives with his wife Emily and his son Sam in Glendale.

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