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    Chamber Orchestra of South Africa

    The Chamber Orchestra of South Africa (COSA) is the country's leading professional group of performing musicians and the only professional symphony orchestra based in Pretoria, Tshwane. COSA is a Section 21 company that was founded and is owned by the musicians of the orchestra. COSA is managed by a board of directors with the CEO, Piet Moolman, carrying out the day to day management of the orchestra. An artistic committee sets programmes and events. Gregor Heidemann assists with fundraising and marketing. The founding of the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa on April 30, 2000 created a stir of excitement among music lovers in Gauteng and surroundings. From the start COSA concerts have been regarded as exciting happenings. A reputation for quality has been established. In 2002 COSA was invited to be resident at the University of Pretoria. Since its inception COSA has completed several successful series of concerts at the theatres of the University of Pretoria, UNISA, RAU and the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg. COSA has also performed in North West Province and in Mpumalanga . Apart from regular symphony concerts COSA also plays for ballet and opera productions and makes
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    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Vienna Philharmonic (in German: Wiener Philharmoniker), founded in 1842, is an orchestra, regularly considered one of the finest in the world. The VPO is based in the Musikverein in Vienna. The members of the orchestra are chosen from the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. This process is a long one, with each musician having to prove his or her capability for a minimum of three years' playing for the Opera and Ballet. Once this is achieved the musician can then ask the Board of the Wiener Philharmoniker to consider an application for a position in the Vienna Philharmonic. The orchestra can trace its origins to 1842, when Otto Nicolai formed the Philharmonische Academie; which was a fully independent orchestra and which took all its decisions by a democratic vote of all its members. These are principles the orchestra still holds today. With Nicolai's departure in 1847, the orchestra nearly folded, and was not very active until 1860, when Karl Anton Eckert joined as conductor. He gave a series of four subscription concerts, and since then, the orchestra has given concerts continuously. From 1875 to 1898 Hans Richter was subscription conductor, except for the season 1882/1883
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    Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

    Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団, Nagoya Firuhāmonī Kōkyō Gakudan) is a symphony orchestra based in Nagoya, Japan, founded in 1966. The orchestra gives concerts primarily at the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater Concert Hall and the Chukyo University Center for Culture & Arts Aurora Hall. The orchestra gave their first subscription concert in October 1967. In 1971, Hiroyuki Iwaki became the orchestra's first general music director, with the parallel appointment of Yoshikazu Fukumura as 'permanent conductor'. This dual arrangement of conductors continued until the tenure of Yuzo Toyama as both general music director and permanent conductor from 1981 to 1987, the only conductor in the history of the orchestra to hold both titles. During the tenure of Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, the title of General Music Director was changed to Music Director, effective 2001. The title of permanent conductor was discontinued, and the post of chief conductor was instituted, starting with Ryusuke Numajiri in 2003. The most recent chief conductor of the orchestra was Thierry Fischer, who held the title from April 2008 through February 2011. Fischer now has the title of honorary guest conductor.
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    The Count Basie Orchestra

    The Count Basie Orchestra

    The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by the musician known as Count Basie. The band survived the late 1940s decline in big band popularity. In the 1950s and 1960s, it produced notable collaborations with singers such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The group has continued to perform and record since Basie's death in 1984. Count Basie arrived in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927, playing on the Theater Owners Bookers Association (TOBA) circuit. After playing with the Blue Devils, in 1929 he joined rival band leader Bennie Moten's band. Upon Moten's death in 1935, Basie left the group to start his own band, taking many of his colleagues from the Moten band with him. This nine-piece group consisted of Joe Keyes and Oran 'Hot Lips' Page on trumpet, Buster Smith and Jack Washington on alto saxophone, Lester Young on tenor saxophone, Dan Minor on trombone, and a rhythm section made up of Jo Jones on drums, Walter Page on bass and Basie on piano. With this band, then named The Barons of Rhythm, Basie brought the sound of the famous and highly competitive Kansas City "jam session" to club
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    Helena Symphony Orchestra

    Helena Symphony Orchestra

    The Helena Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is an American orchestra based in Helena, Montana. The mission of the Helena Symphony and Chorale is to provide classical music of the highest quality in live performances for the greater Helena community. They strive to create community through music; to expand symphonic musical experiences in public and private education; and to provide professional management and fiscal stability. Founded in 1955, the Helena Symphony plays the majority of its concerts at the grand Helena Civic Center and in the summer performs at Carroll College presenting their annual free Summer Symphony to thousands of listeners. The music director is Allan R. Scott. The population of Helena is 30,000; it would appear that about half that number were in attendance. This orchestra, which is led by Allan Scott, has an annual budget of just over $600,000, but they don't lack for adventure; they recently played Nielsen's Inextinguishable, and they are completing a Mahler cycle with the Symphony of a Thousand, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 being performed in May of 2012. The Helena Symphony and Chorale performs ten concerts on average in a season that lasts from September to May.
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    New World Symphony Orchestra

    The New World Symphony is the United States' only full-time orchestral academy preparing musicians for careers in symphony orchestras and ensembles. It was established in 1987 in Miami Beach, Florida, under the artistic direction of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, in large part with a grant from Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines. The New World Symphony presents a season of concerts from October to May at the New World Center which opened in 2011 and was designed by architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. Performances include full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, a new music series, percussion consort series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, and special festivals and recitals. In addition to artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, guest conductors in recent years have included Paavo Järvi, Neville Marriner, Oliver Knussen, David Robertson and Mark Wigglesworth. On June 29, 2011, the New World Symphony Orchestra received the first place award for "Adventurous Programming" (group 2 orchestras) from ASCAP for its strong commitment to new American music. The intensive, three-year fellowship program offers a wide range of performance and
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    Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

    The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is a Canadian orchestra based in the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario. Its home venue is Centre In The Square in Kitchener, Ontario. Music Directors and Principal Conductors have included Raffi Armenian (1971–1993), Chosei Komatsu (1993–1999), Martin Fischer-Dieskau (2001–2003) and Edwin Outwater (2007–present). The orchestra's current Principal Pops Conductor is Brian Jackson. The Canadian Chamber Ensemble (CCE) consists mainly of the principal musicians of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two horns, two trumpets, trombone, tuba, percussion, two violins, viola, cello and bass. The ensemble has toured throughout Canada as well as the United States Europe, and South America. The CCE was founded by conductor Raffi Armenian and was the first major Canadian ensemble to perform in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall. The orchestra comprises 52 professional musicians under full-time contract. KWS performs close to 90 performances during a 38-week season for a combined concert audience of over 90,000. The orchestra is regularly heard across Canada on CBC Radio Two. CBC Records has
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    Vienna Mozart Orchestra

    Vienna Mozart Orchestra

    The Vienna Mozart Orchestra, with its 30 musicians, was founded in 1986 and has devoted itself entirely to that great composer of the Viennese classical period, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Since its foundation 20 years ago, the orchestra has found a permanent place in Viennese concert life, becoming a fixture in the City of Vienna’s musical programmes for tourist entertainment every summer. A number of musicians from famous Viennese orchestras and ensembles collaborate with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra as soloists and conductors, among them members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony orchestras. In addition, singers from world-famous opera houses, principally from the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper, perform with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Best-known and most popular is the concert series “Vienna Mozart Concerts in historical costumes”, performed every year from May until the end of October, four times a week. An ideal background for these concerts is provided by the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Vienna State Opera and by the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus (each about 40 concerts a year). As a co-production with Klangbogen Wien within the framework of
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    National Youth Orchestra

    The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) is an orchestra of 165 young musicians from the United Kingdom. The members of the orchestra are all aged between 13 and 19 years. The players are selected by auditions which take place in the autumn each year at various locations in the country. The minimum standard needed to audition is ABRSM / Trinity Guildhall / London College of Music Grade 8 Distinction – though it is not necessary to have taken any examinations. The NYO's aim is to be "the most inspirational orchestra for young people" and at many of its concerts, all seats are only £5 for under 25s. In 2011, the orchestra was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society's Best Ensemble Award. Ruth Railton (later Dame Ruth King) founded the National Youth Orchestra in 1948. Subsequent NYO directors have included Ivey Dickson (1966–1984), Derek Bourgeois (1984–1993), Jill White (1993–2002), and Jonathan Vaughan (2002–2007). Sarah Alexander was named the NYO's director in 2007 and is now titled Chief Executive & Artistic Director. Each course is directed by a distinguished conductor. These have included Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Jiri Belohlavek, Pierre Boulez, Sir
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    Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

    Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (Maltese: Orkestra Filarmonika Nazzjonali) is the national symphony orchestra of Malta. It was founded in 1968 and was originally known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra, where it was in residence for both opera productions and orchestral concerts. In September 1997 the orchestra became an independent body and was officially named as Malta's national orchestra. Its current Music Director is Michael Laus. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra was founded on April 1, 1968 and was originally known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. It was composed of a number of musicians who had previously formed part of a chamber orchestra in the employment of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy (Malta), better known as the C-in-C Orchestra that had been disbanded one day earlier. As the orchestra in residence at the Manoel Theatre, it regularly performed operas and symphonic concerts under the direction of its resident conductors Joseph Sammut (1968-1992) and Michael Laus (1992-1997). In September 1997 the orchestra became an independent body and was officially named The National Orchestra of Malta. Its first resident conductor was Joseph Vella. Ten years later, in
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    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) (Welsh: Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Gymreig y BBC) is a Welsh symphony orchestra and one of the BBC's five professional orchestras. The BBC NOW is the only professional symphony orchestra organisation in Wales, occupying a dual role as both a broadcasting orchestra and national orchestra. The BBC NOW has its administrative base in Cardiff, at the BBC Hoddinott Hall on the site of the Wales Millennium Centre, since January 2009. The BBC NOW is the orchestra-in-residence at St David's Hall, Cardiff, and also performs regularly throughout Wales and beyond, including international tours and annual appearances at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the BBC Proms. Broadcasting work includes studio sessions for BBC Radio and television, although the orchestra’s concerts form the bulk of its broadcasts, transmitted primarily on BBC Radio 3 but also on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC television. The orchestra records many soundtracks for BBC television, including Doctor Who. The precursor ensemble of the BBC NOW was the Cardiff Station Orchestra, which was founded in 1928. Funding problems resulted in the disbandment of this orchestra in
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    Hallam Sinfonia

    The Hallam Sinfonia is an amateur orchestra based in Sheffield, England. It was formed in 1973 as a chamber orchestra, and has since grown into a full-size symphony orchestra.Natalia Luis-Bassa was named musical director in 2007.
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    National Arts Centre Orchestra

    National Arts Centre Orchestra

    The National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) is a Canadian orchestra based in Ottawa, Ontario. The NACO is based at the eponymous National Arts Centre, and also tours throughout Canada and around the world. The NACO also broadcasts nationally on CBC Radio on shows such as In Performance, Studio Sparks, Symphony Hall and Tempo. The NAC Orchestra was founded in 1969 as the resident orchestra of the newly opened National Arts Centre, with Jean-Marie Beaudet as Music Director and Mario Bernardi as founding conductor. Bernardi became Music Director in 1971 and held the post until 1982. He was named Conductor Laureate of the NACO in 1997. Subsequent NACO music directors have included Franco Mannino (1982 to 1987), Gabriel Chmura (1987 to 1990), and Trevor Pinnock (1991-1997). Since 1999, Pinchas Zukerman has served as the NACO's Music Director. He is scheduled to conclude his NACO tenure in 2015. Franz-Paul Decker was Principal Guest Conductor from 1991 to 1999. In 2001, Jean-Philippe Tremblay becamse the NACO's Apprentice Conductor, a then newly created post, for a two-year term. The Orchestra has visited 112 cities in Canada and 122 cities internationally in its 38-year history, including
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    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

    The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra, Dresden, commonly known as the Staatskapelle Dresden) is an orchestra based in Dresden, Germany founded in 1548 by Kurfürst Moritz (Elector Moritz, or Maurice) of Saxony. It is one of the world's oldest orchestras. The precursor ensemble was Die Kurfürstlich-Sächsische und Königlich-Polnische Kapelle (The Saxony Elector and Royal Polish Band). The orchestra is the musical body of the Sächsische Staatsoper (Saxon State Opera). Venue of the orchestra is the Semperoper opera house. The orchestra has had many eminent chief conductors. In its early years, Heinrich Schütz was associated with it, and in the nineteenth century Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner were both chief conductors. In the twentieth century, Richard Strauss became closely associated with the orchestra, as both a conductor and a composer, with several of his works being premiered by the ensemble. Karl Böhm and Hans Vonk were notable among the orchestra's chief conductors in that they served as chief conductors of both the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the State Opera simultaneously. Herbert Blomstedt was musical director of the Staatskapelle from
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    Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Dresdner Philharmoniker (Dresden Philharmonic) is a symphony orchestra based in Dresden, Germany. The orchestra was founded in 1870 and gave its first concert in the Gewerbehaussaal on 29 November 1870, under the name Gewerbehausorchester. The orchestra acquired its current name in 1915. It receives financial support from the city of Dresden. One of the orchestra's later concert venues was the Kulturpalast, during the existence of the DDR. After German reunification, plans had been proposed for a new concert hall. These had not come to fruition by the time of the principal conductorship of Marek Janowski, who cited this lack of development of a new hall for the orchestra as the reason for his resignation from the post in 2004. In addition to concerts at the Kulturpalast, the orchestra also performs at the Kreuzkirche, the Hochschule für Musik Dresden, the Schloss Albrechtsberg. The choral ensembles affiliated with the orchestra are the Dresden Philharmonic Choir and Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
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    London Symphony Orchestra

    London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), founded in 1904, is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras. It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services. The LSO itself later introduced a similar rule for its members. The orchestra underwent periods of eclipse in the 1930s and 1950s when it was regarded as inferior in quality to new London orchestras, to which it lost players and bookings. By the 1960s it had recovered its leading position, which it has retained subsequently. A self-governing body, the orchestra selects the conductors with whom it works. At some stages in its history it has dispensed with a principal conductor and worked only with guests. Among conductors with whom it is most associated are, in its early days, Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, and Sir Thomas Beecham, and in recent decades Pierre Monteux, André Previn, Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev. Since 1982, the LSO has been based in the Barbican Centre in the City of London. It claims to be the world's most recorded orchestra, and in addition to making gramophone recordings since
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    European Union Youth Orchestra

    European Union Youth Orchestra

    The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is a training orchestra for young people in the European Union. It is funded centrally by the European Union and by a number of EU member states. It brings together young musicians from the EU and professional instrumental coaches to form an orchestra composed of players from all 27 EU member states. The European Community Youth Orchestra (later to become the European Union Youth Orchestra) was founded in 1978 by Lionel and Joy Bryer, Chairman and Secretary General of the International Youth Foundation of Great Britain, with a view to creating an Orchestra which would represent the European ideal of a community working together to achieve peace and social understanding. At the same time it was also designed to provide a professional development experience for young orchestral musicians. The proposal for the creation of the Orchestra was first put to the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Youth of the European Parliament in 1974. As a result of an all-party effort, a resolution was adopted by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority on 8 March 1976 during its plenary session. The European Commission officially confirmed the
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    Russian National Orchestra

    Russian National Orchestra

    The Russian National Orchestra (Russian: Российский национальный оркестр) premiered in Moscow in 1990. It was the first Russian orchestra to perform at the Apostolic Palace, Vatican and in Israel. The RNO's first recording (1991) was Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, released on Virgin Classics. Since then, the orchestra has made over 75 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, PentaTone Classics, Ondine, Warner Classics and other labels, and with conductors that include RNO Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Alexander Vedernikov, Carlo Ponti, José Serebrier and Vasily Petrenko. The RNO’s recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Beintus's Wolf Tracks, conducted by Kent Nagano and narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, was the winner of a 2004 Grammy Award, making the RNO the first Russian orchestra ever to win this honor. A Spanish language version narrated by Antonio Banderas was released in 2007, following a Russian version narrated by actors Oleg Tabakov and Sergei Bezrukov, with a Mandarin edition following in 2011. Narrators in concert versions of these works have included actors Danny Glover, Diana
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    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Česká filharmonie (Czech Philharmonic) is a renowned Czech symphony orchestra based in Prague. The orchestra's principal concert venue is the Rudolfinum. The name "Czech Philharmonic Orchestra" appeared for the first time in 1894, as the title of the orchestra of the Prague National Theatre. It played its first concert under its current name on January 4, 1896 when Antonín Dvořák conducted his own compositions, but it did not become fully independent from the opera until 1901. The first representative concert took place on October 15, 1901 conducted by Ludvík Čelanský, the first artistic director of the orchestra. In 1908, Gustav Mahler led the orchestra in the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7. The orchestra first became internationally known under the baton of Václav Talich, who was principal conductor from 1919 to 1931, and again from 1933 to 1941. In 1941 Talich together with Czech Philharmonic made a controversial journey to Germany, where they performed the cycle of symphonic poems My Country by Bedřich Smetana. The concert was enforced by the German offices. Subsequent chief conductors included Rafael Kubelík (1942–1948), Karel Ančerl (1950–1968), Václav Neumann
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    Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario. It was founded in 1949. Starting in 1969, under the leadership of Boris Brott, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra changed from an amateur ensemble to a professional orchestra. Brott raised the profile of the orchestra with innovative performances, including one held in the Dofasco steel mills. Attendance at concerts rose from 23,000 to 225,000. A former concertmaster, the late Olive Short, mother of Tony and Emmy Award winning comic actor Martin Short, was the first female concertmaster in North America. She died in 1970 after a five-year long battle with cancer.
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    New York Philharmonic

    New York Philharmonic

    The New York Philharmonic (officially the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York) is a symphony orchestra based in New York City in the United States. It is one of the American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five". The Philharmonic's home is Avery Fisher Hall, located in New York's Lincoln Center. Organized in 1842, the orchestra is older than any other extant American symphonic institution by nearly four decades; its record-setting 14,000th concert was given in December 2004. Alan Gilbert is the Philharmonic's current music director and Zarin Mehta (brother of former music director Zubin Mehta) is the orchestra's current president. The orchestra was founded by the American-born conductor Ureli Corelli Hill in 1842, with the aid of the then famous and feted Irish composer, William Vincent Wallace, Wallace, as the Philharmonic Society of New York – the third Philharmonic on American soil since 1799, declaring as its purpose "the advancement of instrumental music." The first concert of the New York Philharmonic took place on December 7, 1842 in the Apollo Rooms on lower Broadway before an audience of 600. The concert opened with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, led by Hill
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    Haffner Orchestra

    Haffner Orchestra

    The Haffner Orchestra is an orchestra in Lancaster, England. Natalia Luis-Bassa has been the orchestra's Musical Director since 2004. The orchestra's name "Haffner" comes from one of Mozart's patrons in Salzburg.
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    Munich Radio Orchestra

    The Munich Radio Orchestra (German: Münchner Rundfunkorchester) is a German symphony orchestra based in Munich. It is one of the two orchestras affiliated with the Bavarian Radio (Bayerischer Rundfunk), the other being the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. A precursor ensemble to the Munich Radio Orchestra was established in the 1920s. The current Munich Radio Orchestra was formalised in 1952, with Werner Schmidt-Boelke as its first chief conductor. The orchestra's focus has historically been on light music, with particular emphasis in its early years as an orchestra for operettas. The orchestra was also historically known for its Sunday concerts. From the chief conductorship of Lamberto Gardelli (1982-1985) onwards, the orchestra expanded its repertoire into opera, specifically Italian opera. This work continued under the orchestra's next 3 chief conductors, all Italians, Giuseppe Patanè (1988–1989), Roberto Abbado (1992–1998), and Marcello Viotti (1998–2005). This activity extended to commercial recordings of operas and opera excerpts with the orchestra's chief conductors. The orchestra faced budget constraints and the threat of dissolution by Bavarian Radio in 2004. In protest
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    Brno Philharmonic Orchestra

    Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech: Filharmonie Brno) is an orchestra based in Brno, the Czech Republic. Its predecessor was the Czech Symphony Orchestra, dating from the 1870's. The current Brno Philharmonic was formed in 1956 with the merger of the Radio Orchestra and the Brno Region Symphony Orchestra, with Břetislav Bakala as the first principal conductor of the new orchestra. Since 2009, the orchestra's principal conductor is Aleksandar Marković.
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    London Sinfonietta

    The London Sinfonietta is an English chamber orchestra founded in 1968 and based in London. The ensemble specialises in contemporary music and works across a wide range of genres, performing modern classics alongside world premieres, and includes music by electronica artists as well as folk and jazz musicians. Through regular collaborations with choreographers, video artists and film-makers, the ensemble places new music at the heart of contemporary culture, reaching out to new audiences and embracing the technical challenges of pushing musical boundaries. Nicholas Snowman and David Atherton founded the orchestra in 1968. Atherton was its first Music Director, from 1968-1973. Michael Vyner served as the Artistic Director from 1972-1989. Paul Crossley took over and served from 1988-1994. Markus Stenz served as Music Director from 1994-1998. The composer Oliver Knussen was Music Director from 1998–2002 and is now the Sinfonietta's Conductor Laureate. The Artistic Director of the ensemble from 1998-2006 was Gillian Moore following 10 years as the ensemble's Education Officer. The ensemble has commissioned and performed many works by both emerging and established composers. Its list of
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    National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

    National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

    The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (previously known as The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra) is the concert music orchestra of Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). As one of the RTÉ Performing Groups, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra now gives a 33-concert subscription season (Friday nights from September to May, broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm), performs lighter Tuesday lunchtime and Friday evening concerts in June and July, plays an important role in Irish contemporary music through its Horizons series in January and February, and undertakes twice-yearly, one week tours of Ireland. Since 2005, the orchestra has been featured on RTÉ One's The Symphony Sessions. The first permanent symphony orchestra in Dublin was not established until 1899, when Michele Esposito, an Italian professor of piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, founded the 70-piece Dublin Orchestral Society, which lasted until the outbreak of World War I. After the foundation of the Irish Free State, the Royal Dublin Society gave concerts. A 1927 effort to revive the Orchestral Society was undertaken, but did not achieve lasting success. Meanwhile, in 1926, a national radio
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    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Finnish: [Yleis]Radion sinfoniaorkesteri, Swedish: [Rund]Radions Symfoniorkester) is a Finnish orchestra based in Helsinki, and the orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). The orchestra primarily gives concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre. Primary funding comes from television licence fees from the Finnish population. The ensemble was founded in 1927 as the Radio Orchestra with ten musicians, with Erkki Linko as its first conductor. Though never holding the title of chief conductor, Linko remained affiliated with the orchestra until 1952. Toivo Haapanen became the orchestra's first chief conductor in 1929 and held the post until his death in 1950. The orchestra performed mainly studio concerts for the first portion of its history. Until World War II, the orchestra gave only 20 public concerts, with freelance musicians to bolster the ranks. After World War II, with the new Director General Hella Wuolijoki in place, the orchestra roster expanded to 50 musicians. In September 1947, the orchestra initiated a series of "Tuesday Concerts" at Helsinki Town Hall. The roster grew to 67 musicians by 1953. The orchestra's second chief
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    NBC Symphony Orchestra

    The NBC Symphony Orchestra was a radio orchestra established by David Sarnoff of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) especially for conductor Arturo Toscanini. The NBC Symphony performed weekly radio concert broadcasts with Toscanini and other conductors and served as house orchestra for the network, beginning November 13, 1937 and continuing until 1954. Tom Lewis, in the Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, described NBC's plan for cultural programming and the origin of the NBC Symphony: Sarnoff devoted considerable resources to create an orchestra of the first rank for NBC. Artur Rodziński, a noted orchestra builder and musical task master in his own right, was engaged to mold and train the new orchestra especially for Toscanini. Prominent musicians from major orchestras around the country were recruited and the conductor Pierre Monteux was hired as well to work with the orchestra in its formative months. A new large broadcast studio was built for the orchestra at NBC's Radio City Studios in Rockefeller Center, New York, "Studio 8-H". In addition to creating prestige for the network, there has been speculation that one of the reasons NBC created the
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    San Francisco Symphony

    The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is an orchestra based in San Francisco, California. Since 1980, the orchestra has performed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus are part of the organization. Its current music director is Michael Tilson Thomas, who has held the position since September 1995. The orchestra has long been an integral part of city life and culture in San Francisco. Its first concerts were led by conductor composer Henry Hadley, who led the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 1909 to 1911. There were sixty musicians in the orchestra at the beginning of their first season. The first concert included music by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Liszt. There were thirteen concerts in the 1911-1912 season, five of which were popular music. Hadley was followed in 1915 by Alfred Hertz, who had conducted for many years at the Metropolitan Opera and had appeared with the company during their historic performances in San Francisco in April 1906, just prior to the earthquake and fire. Hertz helped to refine the orchestra and convinced the Victor Talking Machine Company to record it at their new studio in
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    Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra

    Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra

    Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO) is an amateur orchestra founded in 1986 based in Singapore. The music director and conductor is Yan Yin Wing who prepares musicians from all different backgrounds for concert around four times a year. The BHSO's many guest performers have included conductors Christopher Fifield, Ha Sung Ho; cellist Pal Banda; er-huist Wang Gui Ying; and pianists Albert Lin, Elena Metodieva and Michelle Seah Lai Kuan. Upcoming performances by solo artists include Sim Keng Boon, Cristine Coyiuto and Catherine Lan. Yan Yin Wing Yan Yin Wing pursued his music studies between 1976 to 1978 in London and obtained the Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) in violin teaching. During that period, he also studied conducting and was awarded a scholarship to attend a Summer Conductors’ Course in 1978 organised by the Ernest Read Music Association. In 1984, Yan was awarded a grant from the Singapore Cultural Foundation to pursue a one-year Advanced Orchestra Conducting Course at the renowned Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. During that year, he also attended a Master Class (Orchestra Conducting) at the International Sommerakademie of the Mozarteum in
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    3 votes
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    Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

    Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is the nation's leading symphony orchestra and a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (the CCP), located on Manila's shoreline. The PPO's Music Director/Principal Conductor is Olivier Ochanine . Inaugurated on May 15, 1973, as the CCP Philharmonic, the new orchestra was initially intended to accompany artists performing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Its first music director was Luis Valencia, with Julian Quirit serving as concertmaster. Six years later Imelda Marcos, then First Lady of the Philippines, asked Oscar Yatco to reorganize the ensemble, and in 1982 the "Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra" took its present name and adopted a new vision: to become a world-class symphony orchestra comparable with the finest. The PPO keeps a busy schedule year-round, its main concert season (September to April) supplemented by regular performances at the San Agustin International Music Festival, by special concerts, and by community outreach activities. The PPO has performed with such renowned conductors as Mendi Rodan, Piero Gamba, Yaacov Bergman, and Nicholas Koch. It has also collaborated with leading Filipino
    8.67
    3 votes
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    Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

    Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

    The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is a symphony orchestra based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is the smallest of the six orchestras established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra was established in 1948, and gave its first concert on 25 May in the Hobart Town Hall, under the baton of Joseph Post. The soloist was the Tasmanian-born pianist Eileen Joyce, who performed the Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg. From 1973 to 1998 its home was the ABC Odeon, a renovated former cinema built in 1916 as a replica of New York's Strand Theater. It has now moved to the Federation Concert Hall. In 1998, a 50th anniversary concert was held in the original venue, the Town Hall, under its then chief conductor David Porcelijn. The TSO was the first Australian orchestra to have its own radio program, "Journey into Melody", which was broadcast weekly from 1956 to 1969. By the late 1960s, there were far more subscribers per head of the state population (1 in 144) than in any of the other capital-city based ABC orchestras. In 1995, when funding cuts threatened to downsize the orchestra from 47 players, a petition was launched by the Friends
    8.67
    3 votes
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    São Paulo State Symphony

    São Paulo State Symphony

    Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) (São Paulo State Symphony) is a symphony orchestra based in São Paulo, Brazil. With more than 130 concerts during its annual season, it is one of the largest and best known orchestras in South America. With broad-based programming, juxtaposing the great works of international classical music with world premieres and pieces by Brazilian composers, OSESP brings to Brazil some of the major current soloists and conductors, such as Kurt Masur, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Osmo Vänskä, and Marin Alsop, singers such as Barbara Hendricks, Nathalie Stutzmann and Sergei Leiferkus, pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Maria João Pires, Paul Lewis and Nelson Freire, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, cellist Antonio Meneses, and violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Leila Josefowicz and Leonidas Kavakos, among the more than 60 visiting artists each year. Founded by João de Sousa Lima in 1954, OSESP alternated between periods of success and great difficulty, including a hiatus in its activities. After Italian conductor, Bruno Roccela’s stay, the group was under the command of Eleazar de Carvalho for 24 years, until his death in 1996. Under the direction of John Neschling from
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    2 votes
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    Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

    Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra is the national philharmonic orchestra of Slovenia, based in the capital Ljubljana. On the Philharmonic Hall, a pastel yellow building on Congress Square, is a plaque stating that the Philharmonic was founded in 1701; though this refers to the founding of the Academia Philharmonicorum (1701) which produced baroque oratorios and other works, then became the Philharmonic Society in 1794. It was not until October 23 1908 that it was officially merged with the Glasbena matica (The Music Society). It declined in the interwar years and it was not until after World War II, after much concerted effort, that it was re-established, opening its concert on January 13, 1948, attended by composer Marjan Kozina, who became the first administrator of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
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    5 votes
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    Detroit Symphony Orchestra

    Detroit Symphony Orchestra

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is an American orchestra based in Detroit, Michigan. Its main performance center is Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood. The DSO performs throughout the metro Detroit area in both paid Neighborhood Series concerts and free Community concerts. The DSO can also be seen and heard live on the web at dso.org/live. The Detroit Symphony was founded in 1914 by ten Detroit society women who each contributed $100 to the organization and pledged to find 100 additional subscribers. They soon hired the orchestra's first music director, Weston Gales, a 27-year-old church organist from Boston. The orchestra's first performance was held on February 26, 1914 at the old Detroit Opera House. The appointment of the Russian pianist Ossip Gabrilowitsch as music director in 1918 brought instant status to the new orchestra. A friend of composers Gustav Mahler and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gabrilowitsch demanded a new auditorium be built as a condition of his accepting the position. Orchestra Hall was completed for the new music director in 1919 in four months and twenty-three days. Under Gabrilowitsch, the Detroit Symphony
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    4 votes
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    National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

    National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

    The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) has provided music education and performance experience for young musicians throughout Scotland since its formation in 1979. NYOS runs eight national youth ensembles: The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, The National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland (NCOS), The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland (NYJOS), Camerata Scotland, NYOS Strings, contemporary music ensemble NYOS Futures, NYJOS Collective, and NYJOS Access. As well as organising training, intensive rehearsals and national and international concert tours for these orchestras, NYOS is committed to introducing musical experiences to all of Scotland’s young people through workshops in nursery, primary and secondary schools. NYOS has also a policy of operating a world-wide international student exchange scheme for orchestra members, of commissioning new work particularly from Scottish composers and of producing CDs of selected repertoire. The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, founded in 1979, is the flagship symphony orchestra of NYOS and meets biannually for residential courses in Summer and Winter, with a usually biennial Summer Tour around the UK and Europe.
    7.25
    4 votes
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    Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur

    Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur

    The Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur is a symphony orchestra based in Winterthur, Switzerland. The oldest orchestra in Switzerland, it was founded in 1875 as the Stadtorchester Winterthur. The Musikkollegium itself as an organisation out of religious roots to that time was founded in 1629. The orchestra performs around 60 concerts a year, and in addition to orchestra concerts, performs in the pit at the Zurich Opera. From 2002 to 2008, Jac van Steen was principal conductor of the orchestra. The orchestra and van Steen made several commercial recordings for the MDG label, including music of the composers of the Second Viennese School and of Frank Martin. In April 2008, the orchestra announced the appointment of Douglas Boyd as its next principal conductor, effective with the 2009-2010 season. In the modern repertoire, the orchestra works often with Heinz Holliger, and in the baroque repertoire with Maurice Steger and Nicolas Kraemer.
    7.25
    4 votes
    40

    Seattle Symphony

    The Seattle Symphony is an American orchestra based in Seattle, Washington. Since 1998, the orchestra is resident at Benaroya Hall. The orchestra's season runs from September through July, and serves as the pit orchestra for most productions of the Seattle Opera in addition to its own concerts including the opera's annual Richard Wagner presentations in the summer. The orchestra gave its first performance on December 29, 1903, with Harry West conducting. Known from its founding as the Seattle Symphony, it was renamed in 1911 as the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1919, the orchestra was reorganized with new bylaws under the name Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The 1921–22 season was cancelled due to financial problems. Preceding the cancellation of the 1921-22 season, another orchestra, the Seattle Civic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mary Davenport Engberg, commenced operations and held performances during a portion of the following five-year hiatus. The Engberg family's affiliation with the Seattle Symphony has been subject to many subsequent embellishments, some of which have come from the Seattle Symphony organization itself (including literature celebrating the Symphony's 2003
    7.25
    4 votes
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    Colorado Symphony Orchestra

    Colorado’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony performs symphonic performances throughout the year. Originally established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall and throughout the Front Range, presenting education and outreach programs, as well as Masterworks, Pops, Holiday, Family, and the new Inside the Score and Symphony on the Rocks series. Current President & CEO: Gene Sobczak In 1988, the first three weeks of Denver Symphoniy season was cancelled for financial reasons. During the season, the Board Chairperson, the Executive Director, and Music Director Entremont all resigned. In March, 1989, immediately after the annual Marathon fund-raising weekend, the Denver Symphony Association cancelled the remainder of the season. They filed for bankruptcy on October 4, 1989. On August 28, 1989, percussionist Terry Smith and former principal bassoonist John Wetherill filed articles of incorporation with the Colorado Secretary of State, creating the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. A bitter dispute was raging between the Denver Symphony Orchestra's management and its musicians. As the registered
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    3 votes
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    Dallas Wind Symphony

    The Dallas Wind Symphony (DWS) is a professional concert band based in Dallas, Texas (USA). The DWS was founded in 1985 by Kim Campbell and Southern Methodist University music professor Howard Dunn. It was originally organized as a "reading band" to allow local professional freelance musicians (many of them music teachers and band directors) to play challenging wind ensemble music as they had in high school and college. The reading sessions led to performances, first at [Southern Methodist University]'s Caruth Auditorium and then around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, with a formal concert season established at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in 1990. After the death of Howard Dunn in 1991, the DWS launched an extensive national search for a new artistic director. Jerry F. Junkin, Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin, was named DWS Artistic Director and Conductor in 1993. Frederick Fennell served as Principal Guest Conductor from the mid-1990s until his death in 2004. The DWS has released numerous high-fidelity recordings since 1991 in partnership with Reference Recordings, most of which were produced using the patented HDCD encoding process. Three recordings
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    3 votes
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    Akademische Orchestervereinigung

    The Akademische Orchestervereinigung (AOV) is the local orchestra of Göttingen, Germany. The AOV was organized by a collective of local students and other amateur musicians to bring high-quality music to the community. AOV usually gives four concerts per year. An egalitarian organization, the AOV elects its own conductor, which as of July 2003 is Thomas-Michael Gribow. The orchestra specializes in the performance of classical art music as well as lighter, accessible contemporary music. Since 1991, the orchestra has performed the works of Beethoven, Bizet, Prokofiev, Lutosławski, Weber, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Bernstein, Wagner, Brahms, Henze and more. It gave the world premiere of the "Overture to 'The Bad Room'" by American composer Justin Rizzo-Weaver.
    6.20
    5 votes
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    Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

    The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (Chinese: 香港中樂團; abbreviated HKCO) is an orchestra of Chinese traditional instruments based in Hong Kong. It was established in 1977 and comprises 85 musicians. The Artistic Director and Principal Conductor is Yan Huichang.
    6.20
    5 votes
    45
    Academy of Ancient Music

    Academy of Ancient Music

    The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) is a period-instrument orchestra based in Cambridge, England. Founded by harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood in 1973, it was named after a previous organisation of the same name of the 18th century. The musicians play on either original instruments or modern copies of instruments from the period of time the music was composed. They generally play Baroque and Classical music, though they have also played some new compositions for baroque orchestra in recent years. The original Academy of Ancient Music was founded in London, England in 1726 for the purpose of studying and performing "old" music — defined initially as anything composed at least a century earlier. This soon grew to include more contemporary composers, including William Croft, Michael Christian Festing, Maurice Greene, Bernard Gates, Giovanni Bononcini, Senesino, Nicola Haym, Francesco Geminiani, Pier Francesco Tosi, John Ernest Galliard, Charles Dieupart, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet and Giuseppe Riva. Handel was never a member, although the society studied and performed his music as well as their own, and that of other composers of the day. Directors of the organization included Johann
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    2 votes
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    National Symphony Orchestra Ghana

    National Symphony Orchestra Ghana

    The National Symphony Orchestra Ghana (NSO Ghana) is the national symphony orchestra of Ghana. It was founded in 1959 by order of Kwame Nkrumah, and established by Philip Gbeho, who had composed the Ghanaian national anthem in 1957. The orchestra is based in Accra, the nation's capital, and is a government organization, with its own administration under the control of the National Commission on Culture. According to the orchestra's website, it is the only classical symphony orchestra in West, Central, and East Africa. It performs regularly at the National Theatre in Accra. Since 2002, the orchestra has been conducted by Lahnor Adjartey Adjei, who serves as the orchestra's music director. Former conductors include Phllip Gbeho, Geoffery Boateng, Dinah Reindorf, Nana Danso Abiam, Kenn Kafui, Emmanuel Gyimah Labi, Akosua Obuo Addo, George Dorf, Oscar Sulley, and Kweku Acquaah-Harrison. The orchestra comprises 46 musicians, of which 32 are full-time and 14 are part-time. In the past, the instrumentation has been as high as 47. The instrumentation includes 3 flutes, 1 oboe, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 horns, 1 tuba, 5 drummers and percussionists (including
    9.50
    2 votes
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    Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is a 96 members professional symphony orchestra. Its main performing venue is the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore although it has also toured widely in Asia, Europe and the United States. The orchestra records under the BIS label and released the first recording of the complete cycle of Alexander Tcherepnin's six piano concertos and four symphonies. The SSO was first established in 1979 and its current Musical Director is Lan Shui. Its first Director and Resident Conductor, Choo Hoey, stepped down in 1997 and now holds the position of the SSO's Conductor Emeritus.
    9.50
    2 votes
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    Symphony Orchestra of the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Music

    Symphony Orchestra of the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Music

    Symphony Orchestra of the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Music (traditional Chinese: 國立台灣師範大學音樂學系交響樂團) is the official symphony orchestra of the oldest college music department in Taiwan, the NTNU Department of Music. The National Taiwan Normal University Music Department Symphony Orchestra was established in 1975. The promotion of art and culture was its mission, in addition to the organization’s aim to train a young generation of outstanding musical talents and cultivate the audience in music appreciation. The NTNU orchestra performs regularly in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, tours to other local cultural centers, presents outdoors concerts and gives a concerto evening concert annually. In 1975, the Music Department of National Taiwan Normal University invited a number of musicians, professors, students and well-known international maestros to form the Symphony Orchestra. Through the years it gradually expanded to a 92-piece full size undergraduate student symphony orchestra. Internationally famed Taiwanese conductor Apo Hsu, was appointed as the music director and conductor in fall of 2003. While maintaining a core of classical repertoire from Baroque
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    2 votes
    49

    Australian Youth Orchestra

    The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is an Australian organisation for young musicians. It operates the flagship Youth Orchestra as well as Camerata Australia, Young Australian Concert Artists and Young Symphonists. It also runs several other activities including master classes, outreach programmes and a generous scholarship scheme. It is a member of the "Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence". The AYO finds its origins in the music camps founded by John Bishop and Ruth Alexander in 1948. These camps saw the foundation of the National Music Camp Association (NCMA) in 1951. The Youth Orchestra itself debuted in 1957 at the Sydney Town Hall. The organisation changed its name to Youth Music Australia in 1993 before adopting the name of its flagship in 2000. The APRA Classical Music Awards are presented annually by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australian Music Centre (AMC).
    7.00
    4 votes
    50
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Berlin Philharmonic, German: Berliner Philharmoniker, formerly Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester (BPO), is an orchestra based in Berlin, Germany. In 2006, a group of ten European media outlets voted the Berlin Philharmonic number three on a list of "top ten European Orchestras", after the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, while in 2008 it was voted the world's number two orchestra in a survey among leading international music critics organized by the British magazine Gramophone (behind the Concertgebouw). Its primary concert venue is the Philharmonie, located in the Kulturforum area of the city. Since 2002, its principal conductor has been Sir Simon Rattle. The BPO also supports several chamber music ensembles. The funding for the organization is subsidized by the city of Berlin and a partnership with Deutsche Bank. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in Berlin in 1882 by 54 musicians under the name Frühere Bilsesche Kapelle (literally, "Former Bilse's Band"); the group broke away from their previous conductor Benjamin Bilse after he announced his intention of taking the band on a fourth-class train to Warsaw for a concert. The orchestra was
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    5 votes
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    Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

    The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO) is a full size orchestra in Ottawa including professional, student and amateur musicians. With around 100 musicians, the OSO is Ottawa's largest orchestra, which allows it to perform large symphonic repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Canadian composers. In 1944, Ottawa musicians formed an orchestra with Allard de Ridder as the conductor. The 75-player ensemble was officially called the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra until 1952, but it was commonly known as the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra. The Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra was suspended in 1960 because there was not sufficient funding to pay the musicians' salaries. When the National Arts Centre announced the formation of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), a resident, full-time professional orchestra based in Ottawa, the board of the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra dissolved the ensemble. In 1965, the largely amateur Ottawa Civic Symphony was formed by former auxiliary Ottawa Philharmonic members, under the baton of Maurice Haycock. The Ottawa Civic Orchestra was renamed the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in 1976. The annual concert series - four concerts in 1991 - was at
    6.00
    5 votes
    52
    Red Army Choir

    Red Army Choir

    The A.V. Alexandrov Russian army twice red-bannered academic song and dance ensemble (Russian: Дважды краснознаменный академический ансамбль песни и пляски Российской армии имени А. В. Александрова, Dvazhdy krasnoznamenny akademichesky ansambl' pesni i plyaski Rossiyskoy armii imeni A. V. Alexandrova), in short, the Alexandrov Ensemble (Russian: Ансамбль Александрова, Ansambl' Alexandrova) is a performing ensemble that serves as the official army choir of the Russian armed forces. It is known internationally as the Red Army Choir (and equivalents in other languages). The ensemble consists of a male choir, an orchestra, and a dance ensemble. The songs they perform range from Russian folk tunes to church hymns, operatic arias and popular music; examples include The Volga Boatmen's Song, Katyusha, Kalinka , Kernina and Ave Maria. After the Soviet period, the ensemble has continued performing, entertaining audiences both inside and outside Russia. Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov (1883–1946), was born into a peasant family, but he became the first artistic director of the Ensemble, choirmaster, conductor, teacher and the public figure who wrote the music to the National Anthem of the
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    3 votes
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    Singapore Chinese Youth Orchestra

    The Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO) is the youth section of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. This idea of setting up the orchestra was initiated by SCO Chairman, Mr Chew Keng Juea. To turn idea into application, SCO decided to set up SYCO. SYCO has an established name in the Chinese orchestra genre. It has won numerous prizes in international music competitions in the 1970s. It was also invited to perform in various countries. The SYCO has produced numerous outstanding musicians and composers in the local and international music scene. Most local professional musicians and musicians of the Hong Kong Chinese orchestra were former members of SYCO when they first started out. The SYCO gives talented young musicians the chance to work with some of the best music talents in the SCO and experience high quality professional music education and training. Through the training, we hope to inspire and nurture potential talents and groom them to be the future pillars of the SCO. Singapore Chinese OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra Chinese Youth Orchestra
    8.00
    3 votes
    54

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an English orchestra with a remit to serve the South and South West of England. Founded in 1893, the BSO has developed a reputation as one of the UK's major orchestras and has worked with many of the world's leading composers, conductors and performers. Originally based in Bournemouth, the BSO moved its offices to the adjacent town of Poole in 1979. The Orchestra has worked with an esteemed array of Principal Conductors including Sir Dan Godfrey, Rudolf Schwarz, Constantin Silvestri, Paavo Berglund, Andrew Litton and Marin Alsop, with Kirill Karabits the current incumbent. It is resident at The Lighthouse, Poole, with other major concert series given at Portsmouth Guildhall, the Great Hall of Exeter University and Colston Hall in Bristol. Shorter series are also given in Bournemouth (Pavilion Theatre) and Basingstoke. The Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra was founded in 1893 by Dan Godfrey as a group of 30 wind players and a drummer, though several of the instrumentalists - as is the current practice with military musicians - were proficient in both wind and string instruments. This flexible approach meant that the musicians could form a
    6.75
    4 votes
    55
    Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

    Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

    The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (Chinese: 广州交响乐团; abbreviated GSO) is based in Guangzhou, Guangdong. It was founded in 1957. The orchestra's current artistic director is Long Yu (余隆). It is the only Chinese symphony orchestra that has toured five continents. Greg Patillo, famous beatboxing flutist, was the acting principal flute of the orchestra at one time.
    6.75
    4 votes
    56
    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (abbreviation IPO; Hebrew: התזמורת הפילהרמונית הישראלית, ha-Tizmoret ha-Filharmonit ha-Yisre'elit) is the leading symphony orchestra in Israel. The IPO was founded by violinist Bronisław Huberman in 1936, at a time when many Jewish musicians were being fired from European orchestras. Its inaugural concert took place in Tel Aviv on December 26, 1936, and was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In 1958, the IPO was awarded the Israel Prize, in music, being the first year in which the Prize was awarded to an organization. The IPO enjoys frequent international tours, and has performed under some of the world's greatest conductors, including Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta, both of whom are prominent in the orchestra's history. Bernstein maintained close ties with the orchestra from 1947, and in 1988, the IPO bestowed on him the title of Laureate Conductor, which he retained until his death in 1990. Mehta has served as the IPO's Music Advisor since 1968. The IPO did not have a formal music director, but instead "music advisors", until 1977, when Mehta was appointed the IPO's first Music Director. In 1981, his title was elevated to Music Director for Life.
    6.75
    4 votes
    57

    SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra

    The SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra (SBS Youth Orchestra) located in Sydney, is one of the premier youth orchestras of Australia. It was founded in 1988 by the Russian-born conductor Matthew Krel, who died in 2009. From its inception it has provided young musicians with extensive exposure to media publicity: the orchestra has made 30 TV programs and five CDs and has been aired on ABC Classic FM. As well as being broadcast on television and radio nation-wide, it has a challenging concert schedule, performing at venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall every year. The orchestra tours internationally, giving its members opportunities to showcase their repertoire abroad and experience different cultural environments. Since 1993 it has toured New Zealand, Tonga, Taiwan, New Caledonia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Malta, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Japan, Estonia, Finland, Russia, the People's Republic of China, Spain, Hong Kong and Macau. The members of the orchestra are aged from 13 to 25 and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. They have worked with many international artists, including Giuseppe Giglio (Italy), Roman Rudnytsky (USA),
    6.75
    4 votes
    58

    Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

    The Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (東京佼成ウインドオーケストラ, Tōkyō Kosei Uindo Ōkesutora, abbreviated TKWO) is a professional concert band that has long been regarded as one of the world's finest, perhaps rivaled only in recent years by the Dallas Wind Symphony (USA). TKWO was established in 1960 by the lay Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei Kai at its headquarters in central Tokyo. TKWO Is highly active, both within Japan and abroad, as a professional touring and recording ensemble. Its members include some of the finest woodwind, brass, and percussion players in Japan. From 1984 to 1996 the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra was directed by renowned American maestro Frederick Fennell, and since 2000 it has been directed by British conductor Douglas Bostock. TKWO has released more professional recordings than any other wind orchestra in the world, numbering in the hundreds of album titles. It has also played an active role in the commissioning of original works for wind band by both Japanese and foreign composers. Japanese composers whose works have been championed by TKWO include Yasuhide Ito, Hiroshi Hoshina, Tetsunosuke Kushida, Akira Miyoshi, Michio Mamiya, Bin Kaneda, Masamichi Amano, Toshiro
    9.00
    2 votes
    59
    Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

    Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra (Polish: Orkiestra Filharmonii Narodowej w Warszawie), one of Poland's premier musical institutions, was established in 1901 on the initiative of an assembly of Polish aristocrats and financiers, as well as musicians. Between 1901 and the outbreak of World War II in 1939, a rollcall of virtuoso- and conductor-composers regularly performed their works with the orchestra, including Grieg, Honegger, Leoncavallo, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Richard Strauss, and Stravinsky. Among the other luminaries who played with the Philharmonic were the pianists Paderewski and Rubinstein, the violinists Heifetz and Sarasate, and the cellist Casals. The Philharmonic has played host to the Chopin International Piano Competition since the contest began in 1927, and also appeared at the inaugural Wieniawski International Violin Competition (1935) and Universal Festival of Polish Art (1937). World War II interrupted the Philharmonic's activity and robbed the orchestra of much of its prominence in European musical life. The orchestra lost half its members to the war, as well as its elegant building, which had been erected and modeled after the
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    2 votes
    60

    Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

    The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra,Tokyo (読売日本交響楽団, Yomiuri Nippon Kōkyō Gakudan) is a Japanese symphony orchestra administratively based in Tokyo. The orchestra primarily performs concerts in Tokyo at the Suntory Hall, but also gives concerts at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The orchestra also performs in Yokohama at the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. The orchestra was founded in 1962 by the Yomiuri Shimbun, Nippon Television, and the Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation. Its first principal conductor was the American conductor Willis Page, who served whilst on leave from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Hiroshi Wakasugi became the orchestra's first Japanese principal conductor in 1965. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the orchestra's fourth principal conductor from 1980 to 1983, held the title of principal guest conductor with the orchestra from 1983 to 1990, and was named one of the orchestra's honorary conductors in 1990. Other conductors with the title of honorary conductor include Kurt Masur, since 1979, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, since 1990. Tadaaki Otaka, the orchestra's sixth principal conductor from 1992 to 1998, now has the title of honorary guest conductor. Gerd Albrecht,
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    2 votes
    61
    New London Orchestra

    New London Orchestra

    The New London Orchestra, based in London, was founded by Ronald Corp in 1988, to perform rarely heard 20th century works. The Orchestra and Corp pioneered the music of Martinů, now a familiar name with concert-goers, and have helped re-establish the popularity of ‘British Light Music' through a series of recordings on independent label Hyperion Records. In the field of education, the Orchestra have devised projects which use music as a tool to enhance learning in the primary curriculum subjects of Maths, Literacy and Science, and found new ways to engage children in crucial learning and social skills. Based on the success of its 'Newham Welcomes the World' community project, the New London Orchestra is focusing its concert giving and outreach work in the local community in the London Borough of Newham. The trademark of the New London Orchestra is its programming of unusual repertoire. Composers who have been particularly featured over the last 20 years include Martinů, of whom a piece of music was featured in every concert from the Orchestra's launch until his centenary in 1990, as well as works by those such as Satie, Ibert, Milhaud, Virgil Thomson, Ravel, Kabalevsky, Honegger,
    5.80
    5 votes
    62

    BBC Big Band

    The BBC Big Band, originally known as the BBC Radio Big Band is a British big band run under the auspices of the BBC. Widely regarded as the UK’s leading and most versatile jazz orchestra, the band broadcasts exclusively on BBC Radio, particularly on BBC Radio 2's long-running series Big Band Special. It consists of professional jazz musicians and is directed by a number of conductors. These include arranger and composer Barry Forgie, who has been the band's Musical Director since 1977; American jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham; and guest musical directors. The BBC Big Band’s origins lie in the earliest days of the BBC when the BBC Dance Orchestra was formed in 1928 under the leadership of Jack Payne before Henry Hall (bandleader) took over in 1932. In the 1950s the format and purpose of the Dance Orchestra was changed and modernised, and it became a big band with strings in the Billy May style, known as the BBC Showband, under the leadership of Cyril Stapleton. The band, featuring many British jazz stars, was heavily featured on the BBC Light Programme and also began to be used widely in television in the company of homegrown talent, including a then unknown Matt Monro, and with
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    3 votes
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    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Finnish: Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri, Swedish: Helsingfors stadsorkester) is an orchestra based in Helsinki, Finland. Its primary concert venue is the Helsinki Music Centre. In 1882, with the backing of two wealthy businessmen, Robert Kajanus founded the orchestra as the Helsinki Orchestral Society and served as its chief conductor for 50 years. It was the first permanent orchestra in the Nordic countries. In 1914 it merged with its bitter rival the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra and acquired its present name. Until 1962, it also served as the orchestra for the Finnish National Opera. Leif Segerstam was chief conductor of the orchestra from 1995 to 2007, and is now its chief conductor emeritus. John Storgårds became principal guest conductor of the orchestra in 2003, and took up the chief conductorship of the orchestra in the autumn of 2008, with an initial contract of 4 years.
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    Hull Sinfonietta

    Hull Sinfonietta is a sinfonietta based in Hull in North-East England. The organisation is recognised and supported by Hull City Council, Arts Council England (Yorkshire), the PRS Foundation for New Music and University of Hull. It is a large professional chamber ensemble formed by musicians from Humberside, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Since its launch in November 2004, most of its work has been directed towards providing a platform for composers in the North and East of England, as well as presenting rarely performed works of significant historical interest. It was founded by its Managing and Artistic Director Dr Lee Tsang, a music lecturer at the University of Hull.
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    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil, LAP, or LAPO) is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States. It has a regular season of concerts from October through June at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a summer season at the Hollywood Bowl from July through September. Gustavo Dudamel is the current Music Director, and Esa-Pekka Salonen is Conductor Laureate. Music critics have described the orchestra as the most "contemporary minded", "forward thinking", "talked about and innovative", "venturesome and admired" orchestra in America. According to Salonen, "We are interested in the future. We are not trying to re-create the glories of the past, like so many other symphony orchestras." The orchestra was founded and single-handedly financed in 1919 by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a copper baron, arts enthusiast, and part-time violinist. He originally asked Sergei Rachmaninoff to be the Philharmonic's first music director; however, Rachmaninoff had only recently moved to New York, and he did not wish to move again. Clark then selected Walter Henry Rothwell, former assistant to Gustav Mahler, as music director, and hired away several principal musicians from East
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    Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio

    The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio is a Russian classical music orchestra established in 1930. Originally founded as the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, it served as the official symphony for the Soviet All-Union Radio network. Following the dissolution of the USSR in 1993, the orchestra was renamed by the Russian Ministry of Culture in recognition of the central role the music of Tchaikovsky plays in its repertoire. The current music director is Vladimir Fedoseyev, who has been in that position since 1974. During Soviet times, the orchestra was sometimes known as the USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra, or the Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Television.
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    The Queensland Orchestra

    The Queensland Orchestra is an Australian orchestra based in Brisbane, Queensland. The orchestra was created in 2001 through the merger of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Philharmonic, a small chamber orchestra. The orchestra reverted back to the name of Queensland Symphony Orchestra in October 2009. The orchestra is funded by private corporations, the state government and the Australian federal government through the Australia Council. Most of the orchestra's performances take place in Brisbane at three venues: In addition, the orchestra tours other parts of the state of Queensland regularly, including the following locations: Muhai Tang, one of the chief conductors of the orchestra when it was the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, has held the title of conductor laureate with The Queensland Orchestra since November 2005. Michael Christie was the first chief conductor of the orchestra under its new name, from 2001 to 2004. In July 2007, Johannes Fritzsch was named the next chief conductor of the orchestra, beginning in January 2008, with an initial contract through 2010. In February 2010, the orchestra announced a 3-year extension of Fritzsch's contract as chief
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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is an American orchestra based in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five". Founded in 1891, the Symphony makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival. The music director is Riccardo Muti, who began his tenure in 2010. In 1891 Charles Norman Fay, a Chicago businessman, invited Theodore Thomas to establish an orchestra in Chicago. Conducted by Theodore Thomas under the name "Chicago Orchestra", the Orchestra played its first concert on October 16, 1891 at the Auditorium Theatre. It is one of the oldest orchestras in the United States, along with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra Hall, now a component of the Symphony Center complex, was designed by Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham and completed in 1904. Maestro Thomas served as music director for thirteen years until his death shortly after the orchestra's newly built residence was dedicated on December 14, 1904. The orchestra was renamed "Theodore Thomas Orchestra" in 1905 and today, Orchestra Hall still has
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    Hamburg Symphony

    The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, based in Hamburg, Germany was founded in 1957. The position of Principal Conductor is presently held by Andrey Boreyko.
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    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

    The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a major American orchestra based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Annually, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs 200 concerts for over 350,000 people. It is the largest performing arts organization in Indiana. The ISO is currently one of only 18 American orchestras that perform year round. It also has a discography of 36 recordings. Since 1982, a popular summer series is the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie, performed at Conner Prairie in Fishers. It has drawn a record 13,000 attendees for the Patriotic Pops night. The ISO's home theatre is the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle. Previous locations included Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University and Caleb Mills Hall. The Circle Theatre, a former "movie palace", was renovated and enlarged for the Symphony and re-opened October 12, 1984. An annual holiday performance begun in December 1986 is the Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, hosted in recent years by Sandi Patty and Daniel Rodriguez, among others. In 2009 the ISO announced its first-ever ensemble-in-residence Time for Three. The Orchestra was founded in 1930 by Ferdinand Schaefer, a local violin
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    Orchestre de Paris

    The Orchestre de Paris (French pronunciation: [ɔʁkɛstʁ də paʁi]) is a French orchestra based in Paris. The orchestra performs most of its concerts at the Salle Pleyel. In 1967, following the dissolution of the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, conductor Charles Munch was called on by the Minister of Culture, André Malraux, and his music director, Marcel Landowski to create a new orchestra in Paris. Soon after its creation, Munch died in 1968, and Herbert von Karajan was hired as an interim music advisor from 1969 to 1971. Successive music directors include Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, and Semyon Bychkov. Christoph von Dohnányi served as artistic advisor from 1998-2000. During his tenure, Barenboim saw a need for a permanent chorus for the orchestra, and engaged the English chorus master Arthur Oldham to create the Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris (Chorus of the Orchestre de Paris) in 1976. Oldham remained with the Chorus till his retirement in 2002. Since 2002, Didier Bouture and Geoffroy Jourdain share direction of the Chorus. Christoph Eschenbach was music director from 2000 to 2010. He conducted recordings of music of Luciano Berio, Marc-André Dalbavie,
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    Reno Pops Orchestra

    Reno Pops Orchestra is an all volunteer community orchestra founded in 1982, based in Reno, Nevada. The orchestra is composed of over 65 musicians ranging in age from 11 to 90, including professional musicians, semi-professional musicians, as well as working and retired individuals and students. The Orchestra is supported by Annual Memberships, grants and generous private donations. The Orchestra performs five to seven free concerts per year, bringing classical and pops music to communities in Northern Nevada and Northeastern California.
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    Adelaide Youth Orchestra

    The Adelaide Youth Orchestra is an 80 member symphony orchestra designed to showcase the best young instrumentalists in Adelaide, South Australia. The youth orchestra itself comprises members aged between 14 and 25 years. Two further ensembles fall under the AdYO banner - The Adelaide Youth Sinfonia (AdSi), catering mainly for middle school aged musicians and the Adelaide Youth Strings (AYS), for string players aged 8 to 12. AdYO performs a series of concerts during each year, including a major concert at the Adelaide Town Hall supported by all the ensembles of the Youth Orchestra organisation.
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    Phoenix Symphony

    The Phoenix Symphony is a major United States symphony orchestra based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1947 when Phoenix had a population of less than 100,000, the orchestra began as an occasional group of musicians performing a handful of concerts each year. Today, the orchestra appears before 300,000 subscribers, ticketholders, and music enthusiasts each year, offering 275 concerts and presentations in an annual season running from September to May. Based in Phoenix Symphony Hall (opened in 1972, renovated in 2005, and seating 2,312), the 76-member ensemble is Arizona's only full-time, professional orchestra. The Phoenix Symphony operates on an annual budget of more than $10 million and is supported by ticket sales and private and corporate contributions, as well as by public funding provided through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Phoenix's Office of Arts and Culture. The symphony offers classical and pops concerts in downtown Phoenix as well as symphonic and community presentations in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott, and other locations throughout central Arizona. As part of its educational and community engagement activities
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    San Diego Symphony

    San Diego Symphony

    The San Diego Symphony is an American symphony orchestra, based in San Diego, California. On 6 December 1910, it gave its first concert as the San Diego Civic Orchestra. Currently, the Symphony performs over 100 concerts each season. The symphony performs subscription series concert at Copley Symphony Hall, which was built in 1929 as a French Rococo style luxury movie theater, the Fox Theater. It was conferred to the Symphony in 1984. The Symphony Towers (the second tallest building in San Diego County) building was built around Copley Hall in 1989. The San Diego Symphony performances include the Masterworks series, the Winter Pops series, annual holiday programs, a Family Festival series, and the Light Bulb Series. From July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season. Recently, a "Thursday Night Lite" series was initiated. Since 2005, symphony musicians have also performed as the pit orchestra for San Diego Opera. The orchestra encountered several periods of fiscal trouble over its history which forced it to cease operations. The first such period was from 1921 to 1926. The orchestra resumed limited summer concerts in 1927, but disbanded again in 1936.
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    Siam Philharmonic Orchestra

    Siam Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the name "Mifa Sinfonietta". At that time it was a small chamber ensemble devoted to bringing the discipline of the classical style to Thailand's classical musicians. It performed mostly the works of Mozart and Haydn. In 2003, the orchestra gained its autonomy from MIFA, the music academy where it was born, and was renamed the Bangkok Sinfonietta. However, later, in 2004, it became clear that the orchestra was no longer a sinfonietta since it was now performing large-scale orchestral works by Brahms and Mahler; to reflect this expansion in repertoire, it assumed the name Siam Philharmonic Orchestra. The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Bangkok Opera, formerly under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. The current artistic director is S.P. Somtow, guest conductors have included Leo Phillips and Linda Cummings. The current resident conductor is Trisdee na Patalung. The orchestra regularly performs at the Thailand Cultural Centre. The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs, with soprano Nancy Yuen appears under the Orchid
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    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Hull Philharmonic Orchestra (colloquially known as The Hull Phil) is an amateur orchestra based in Kingston upon Hull, England. Andrew Penny has been its musical director and conductor since 1982.
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    Regina Symphony Orchestra

    The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) was founded by Frank Laubach, in Regina, Saskatchewan, as the Regina Orchestral Society in 1908, giving its inaugural concert December 3 of that same year. Becoming the Regina Choral and Orchestral Society in 1919, and merging briefly with the Regina Male Voice Choir as the Regina Philharmonic Association in 1924, it returned to independent status as the Regina Symphony in 1926, presenting its first regular season (1927–1928) under W. Knight Wilson. For many years an orchestra of 50 players, it grew to 70 in the 1960s. From 1929, its home was Darke Hall on College Avenue until it moved to the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts in 1970. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, granted his patronage to the orchestra in September, 2008, making the RSO the fourth orchestra in the world to be granted this honour by the heir to the Canadian throne. The orchestra has performed with the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra (begun in 1977 under the RSO's sponsorship), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Ballet, the Regina Symphony Philharmonic Chorus (established in 1973) and Alberta Opera. In May 1979, the RSO joined the University of Regina in a production of
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    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Dutch: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, pronounced [ˌkɔnɪnklək kɔnˈsɛrtɣəbʌu̯ɔrˌkɛst]) is a symphony orchestra of the Netherlands, based at the Concertgebouw (concert hall) in Amsterdam. In 1988, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands conferred the "Royal" title upon the orchestra. In December 2008, a group of international critics invited by Gramophone ranked the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as the best symphony orchestra in the world. The Concertgebouw opened on 11 April 1888. The Concertgebouw Orchestra, however, was not founded until a little later. It gave its first concert in the Concertgebouw on 3 November 1888 under the principal conductor for its first seven years, Willem Kes. In 1895, Willem Mengelberg became chief conductor and remained in this position with the organization for fifty years, an unusually long tenure for a music director. He is generally regarded as having brought the orchestra to a level of major international significance, with a particular championing of such then-contemporary composers as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. For approximately its first 75 years, the Concertgebouw Orchestra had a somewhat complicated roster
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    Sheffield Symphony Orchestra

    The Sheffield Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra based in Sheffield, England. Founded in 1956, the orchestra plays a challenging repertoire including many works written in the last hundred years. The orchestra normally augments a season of four concerts with two events at New Year featuring Viennese classics amongst other lighter works. After the departure of John Longstaff in 2011, SSO welcomed the acclaimed Australian conductor Dane Lame to the post of musical director.
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    Gateway Festival Orchestra

    The Gateway Festival Orchestra is a seasonal orchestra based in St. Louis, Missouri. It usually performs four concerts each summer on Sunday evenings on the campus of Washington University. The Gateway Festival Orchestra was founded in 1964 by Professor William Schatzkamer of Washington University along with members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and community leaders. The orchestra performed its first concerts on the levee of the Mississippi River. It began performing on the Brookings Quadrangle at Washington University in 1970. The orchestra's first music director William Schatzkamer, who was trained at the Juilliard School of Music. He was a piano student of Alexander Siloti. Over his storied career performing, he performed a total of 175 concerts and recitals and recorded with RCA Victor. He served on the music faculty of Washington University between 1951 and 1987. The orchestra's current music director is Dr. James Richards, Professor of Orchestral Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He was trained at the Eastman School of Music.
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    Louisville Orchestra

    The Louisville Orchestra is the primary orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky and has been called the cornerstone of the Louisville arts scene. It was founded in 1937 by Robert Whitney (1904–1986) and Charles Farnsley, Mayor of Louisville. The Louisville Orchestra employs salaried musicians, and offers a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring international guest artists, pops performances, and education and family concerts. In 1942 the orchestra adopted the name of the former Louisville Philharmonic Society (originally founded in 1866), which it kept until 1977 before reverting to its original name (Korda 2001). The orchestra is the resident performing group for the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera, and presents several concerts across the Kentucky/Indiana area. The orchestra performs its concerts at Whitney Hall in the Kentucky Center for the Arts (Korda 2001), The Louisville Palace, and at The Brown Theatre. The Louisville Orchestra has performed for many prestigious events including "A Festival for the Arts" at the White House, the Inter-American Music Festival at the Kennedy Center, "Great Orchestras of the World" at Carnegie
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    Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is a Malaysian orchestra, resident at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Petronas Philharmonic Hall) in Kuala Lumpur. The orchestra gives concerts throughout Malaysia and also in Singapore. Founded in 1997 under the direction of its first music director, Kees Bakels, the MPO gave its first concert on 17 August 1998 under the direction of Bakels. Bakels served as the MPO's music director until 2005, and currently holds the title of conductor laureate. Bakels initially had intended to step down from the post earlier, after James Judd had been named the MPO's next music director in September 2003. However, in April 2004, the MPO terminated the agreement with Judd without public explanation, and Judd never took up the post of the MPO's music director. Subsequently, Matthias Bamert was named the MPO's music director in November 2004, and served in the post from 2005 to 2008. Claus Peter Flor became the MPO's music director starting with the 2008-2009 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. In February 2012, nine European musicians were served with notice of dismissal provoking an outcry around the world. The International Federation of
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    Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse

    The Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse is a French orchestra based in Toulouse. It acts as both a symphony orchestra whose main residence is Toulouse's Halle aux Grains, and the permanent orchestra of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. Initially with the name Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, past music directors of the orchestra have included André Cluytens (beginning in 1932) and Georges Prêtre (1951–1955). The Orchestre du Capitole rose to prominence during Michel Plasson's tenure as music director, from 1968 to 2003. In 1974, Plasson chose the Halle aux Grains, a former market converted into an arena, to become the orchestra's residence. Until then, the orchestra was not used to giving concerts but was instead confined to the Capitole's pit, and had a very low reputation. Within twelve years, the orchestra had improved enough to qualify to have the term "national" in its name, which it acquired in 1980. Plasson's flamboyant personality, his insistence on playing and recording the French repertoire, especially rarely played pieces, and his record deal with EMI, combined to make the orchestra the "reference" French orchestra, the most visible and most visibly French,
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    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

    The St. Louis Symphony is an American symphony orchestra based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1880 by Joseph Otten as the St. Louis Choral Society, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, preceded only by the New York Philharmonic. The St Louis Choral Society performed in the auditorium of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at Locust and Broadway in Downtown St. Louis. During the 1881–82 season the 80-member chorus was joined by an orchestra of 31 members. A disbanded Musical Union joined the group. In 1893 the St. Louis Choral-Symphony was formally incorporated. It remained largely a choral organization through its performances at the 1904 World's Fair under Alfred Ernst when it expanded to a 200-member chorus and an orchestra of 55. Under Max Zach's tenure (1907 to 1921), it changed its name to the St Louis Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to its current home in Powell Hall, it performed for many years at the Kiel Opera House. The orchestra has given concerts regularly at Carnegie Hall and has made overseas tours to Europe and to Japan. The St. Louis Symphony has recorded for the Columbia, RCA Victor, Red Seal, Telarc, Vox/Turnabout
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    UST Symphony Orchestra

    The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1927, by Dr. Manuel Casas of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Also serving as the conductor, he formed the group with university students. After four public performances from 1929 to 1931, the group apparently disbanded and was reorganized in 1961 by National Artist for Music Antonio Buenaventura. The orchestra subsequently embarked on a concert tour in nearby provinces aside from performing within the metropolis. The orchestra presently consists of 70 student-members with 15 UST faculty and staff. Many of the student-members are former winners of national music competitions. Others have qualified for scholarships abroad or participated in summer camps like those held in the ASEAN countries in Australia. Some of these instrumentalists have had stints with youth ensembles such as the Asian Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra. As a resident performing group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the orchestra performs regularly at the CCP. Presently, the UST Symphony Orchestra has a membership of 70 students, many of whom were prize winners of national music competitions such as NAMCYA while
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    Venezuela Symphony orchestra

    The Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela (Venezuela Symphony Orchestra) was founded by a group of 26 professional musicians met at the invitation of the maestro Vicente Emilio Sojo following the dissolution on January 1929 the Union Filarmónica Nacional. This meeting took place January 15, 1930 in the Caracas Musical Declamation Academy (today named "José Ángel Lamas"). Of the most enthusiastic initiators of the idea was violinist Ascanio Negretti (first concertino of the institution), flautist Simón Alvarez, and violist Luis Calcaño. Overcoming various adversities, the orchestra gave its first public performance on June 24, 1930, dedicated, according to the program, to “the high civil employees of the State, to the artists, writers and to the very cultured Caracas society” The orchestra's work from its beginnings in 1930, has generated positive reactions not only from the general public attending the concerts, but also in musical, intellectual and political personalities. Perhaps the most important honour to be awarded the orchestra was its being declared in 1980 “Artistic Patrimony of the Nation”. During its long trajectory the OSV has been heard in many Venezuelan venues: the National
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    Vienna Hofburg Orchestra

    Vienna Hofburg Orchestra

    The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra (in German: Wiener Hofburg Orchester) is an Austrian classical orchestra based in Vienna. The orchestra was founded by the conductor Gert Hofbauer in 1971 and consists of 36 professional musicians from all large orchestral societies of Vienna and international vocal soloists: Andrea Olah (Soprano), Kayo Takemura (Soprano), Ella Tyran (Soprano), Elena Suvorova (Mezzosoprano), Oskar Hillebrandt (Baritone), Georg Lehner (Baritone), Peter Edelmann (Baritone) (Son of the Austrian bass Otto Edelmann) and Bohan Choe (Tenor). The orchestra's defined aim is to "cultivate Viennese waltz and operetta music", thus the orchestra's program is composed of waltz and operetta melodies by Johann Strauss, Franz Léhar and Emmerich Kalman along with opera arias and duets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Vienna Hofburg Orchestra's concert season lasts from May to December. The concerts are performed in the Festival Hall and the Redoutensäle of Vienna's Hofburg Imperial Palace, further the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Wiener Musikverein. Each year on the evenings of December 31 and January 1 the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra performs traditional Viennese New Year's Eve and New Year's
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    Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    The Penang Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) (originally known as the Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (PESSOC)) is an amateur orchestra and choral group funded by the state of Penang, Malaysia, with a wide-ranging repertoire that emphasizes Western classical music. The resident conductor is Austrian-trained Japanese, Jascha Shimano, while the choral conductor is Australian and German-trained Malaysian, Ms Khoo Hooi Lay. PESSOC has a total membership of about 140 and holds regular concerts throughout the year. The choir element has a current strength of 35.
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    Presidential Symphony Orchestra

    Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Turkish: Cumhurbaşkanlığı Senfoni Orkestrası) is the presidential symphony orchestra of the Republic of Turkey. It is headquartered in Ankara. It is one of the first symphony orchestra's in the world. After The Auspicious Incident and closing of the Janissary in 1826 by His Imperial Majesty Sultan Mahmud II the Mehter Band was transformed to a western band. Later, on September 17, 1828, Giuseppe Donizetti assumed the role of principal conductor. Until His Imperial Majesty Sultan Vahdeddin the band was called Mizika-i Humayun (Mızıka-ı Humayun, the Imperial Band). With Vahdeddin's reign it was then to be called Makam-i Hilafet Muzikasi (The Caliphs Band). After the foundation of the Turkish Republic, the State orchestra moved to the new capital Ankara on April 27, 1924 upon the orders of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Founding President of the Republic of Turkey. Upon moving to Ankara, the Musiki Muallim Mektebi (Music Teachers School)was also formed (in 1924) with the efforts of Zeki Üngör. This school later became the basis of the Ankara State Conservatory. On June 25, 1932 the orchestra received the title of the Presidents office and was called the
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    West Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

    The University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra (UCPO) is a student-run orchestra in Cambridge, England. UCPO is a non-audition orchestra. Membership is aimed primarily at members of the University of Cambridge, although the orchestra usually counts among its members a significant number of other residents of Cambridge. Only conductors and soloists are auditioned. The orchestra usually performs five concerts in each year. Three of these feature the full orchestra. A further two are performed by a smaller group officially known as the 'University of Cambridge Philharmonia', informally known as 'Baby'. 2007/08 repertoire has included Tchaikovsky Symphony 5, Mozart Symphony 39, Gershwin piano concerto, Borodin Symphony 2, Mendelssohn Symphony 4, and Grieg A minor piano concerto. Previous repertoire is just as varied, and has included Beethoven, Sibelius, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Haydn. The orchestra is known as The Orchestra with a Life. UCPO was originally founded in the early 1990s as the West Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, WCSO. The orchestra was started as an offshoot of Fitzwilliam College Music Society (FCMS), which provided grants to help fund the early years. Members were
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    Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

    The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra was established in the early 1980s and has become one of New Zealand's major performing organisations. The instigation of its Composer-in-Residence programme in 1990 has made the orchestra an important force in the promotion of New Zealand composed music. In 1980, 19 musicians of the collapsed Symphonia of Auckland founded a new cooperatively run orchestra that has now achieved regional icon status as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Resident in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, the orchestra performs more than 145 concerts a year, accompanies the national opera and ballet and international touring companies. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has performed with several leading artists including Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, Midori Gotō, Moura Lympany, Julian Lloyd Webber, Nigel Kennedy, Diana Krall, The Manhattan Transfer, Meat Loaf, Serj Tankian and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the orchestra’s Patron. The orchestra has a strong commitment to New Zealand music and is dedicated to contribute to the development of music education. With school concerts aligned with the curriculum and designed for all age brackets,
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    Bavarian State Orchestra

    The Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Bavarian State Orchestra) is the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany. It has given its own series of concerts, the Akademiekonzerte, since 1811. On December 9, 2011, this ensemble celebrated the 200th anniversary of its first concert as a full symphony orchestra, and specifically the founding (in 1811) of the Musikalische Akademie. Its origins stretch back, however, to 1523 and the times of composer Ludwig Senfl, when sacred music was the focus of work. The musicians achieved renown across Europe, the more so after 1563 and the appointment of Belgian master polyphonist Orlande de Lassus as maestro di cappella. In 1653 the first opera performances took place in Munich, adding to and greatly realigning the musicians' activities. In 1762 the ensemble was titled Hoforchester: orchestra to the Bavarian Court, a position it already effectively held. Sixteen years later, just after Karl Theodor of Mannheim became Duke of Bavaria and shifted his court to Munich, 33 musicians of the famous Mannheim orchestra — the prototype of all modern symphony orchestras — followed their boss, injecting new levels of precision into the
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    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC SO) is a British radio orchestra based in London. Founded in 1930, it was the first permanent salaried orchestra in London, and is the only one of the city's five major symphony orchestras not to be self-governing. The BBC SO is the principal broadcast orchestra of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The orchestra was originally conceived as a joint enterprise by the BBC and the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, but the latter withdrew, and the task of assembling and training the orchestra fell to the BBC's director of music, Adrian Boult. Among its guest conductors in its first years was Arturo Toscanini, who judged it the finest orchestra he had ever conducted. During the Second World War, Boult strove to maintain standards, but the senior management of the post-war BBC denied the orchestra the resources to meet competition from new and well-funded orchestras. From the 1950s to the 1970s the orchestra failed to regain its pre-war standing, but after initiatives begun by the BBC controller of music William Glock, performing standards began to rise. More recently, the orchestra has once again been regarded by critics as of first-class status.
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    Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra

    Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra

    The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra (INSO) (Arabic,فرقة الأوركسترا السمفونية القومية العراقية) is a government funded symphony orchestra in Baghdad. The INSO plays primarily classical European music, as well as original compositions based on Iraqi and Arab instruments and music. The orchestra began as the Baghdad Symphony Orchestra in 1944 by Albert Chaffoo. It performed for approximately two years and was disbanded after Albert Chaffoo left Iraq and returned to London to continue his musical career. Many members of the former Baghdad Symphony later formed the future Iraqi National Symphony The orchestra became officially known as the Iraqi National Symphony in 1959 when it began to receive a salary from the government. The INSO was abolished by the Iraqi Minister of Culture in 1962 and rehearsed underground until 1970, when it was re-established. Over the next ten years, the orchestra toured Russia, Algeria, Lebanon and Jordan , and hosted guest musicians and conductors from many countries. But during the 1980s and 1990s many musicians, plagued by financial hardship, left the country to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Although its home theater was burned by looters during the
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    Munich Chamber Orchestra

    Munich Chamber Orchestra

    The Munich Chamber Orchestra (Münchener Kammerorchester) is a professional chamber orchestra in Munich, Germany, known for programming contemporary music along with the classical repertory. The Münchener Kammerorchester (MKO) was founded in 1950 by Christoph Stepp. Hans Stadlmair was the artistic director from 1956 to 1995. He conducted the orchestra in more than 4000 concerts, also on international tours and in collaboration with the Bayerischer Rundfunk. From 1995 to 2006, Christoph Poppen conducted the ensemble. Since 2006, Alexander Liebreich has been the principal conductor and artistic director. The orchestra is located at the Prinzregententheater. The string orchestra's current members are 15 violinists, four viola players, five cellists and two double bass players. The repertory of the Münchener Kammerorchester is based on classical works, expanded by contemporary music including premieres. Some concerts are held without a conductor; two principal violinists share that function. The orchestra is interested in collaborating with specialists for historically informed performances and with guest conductors, such as Heinz Holliger, Dennis Russell Davies, Anu Tali and Reinhard
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    Nashville Symphony Orchestra

    Nashville Symphony Orchestra

    The Nashville Symphony is an American symphony orchestra, based in Nashville, Tennessee. The orchestra performs 140 concerts annually. In 1920, prior to the 1946 founding of the Nashville Symphony, a group of amateur and professional musicians established an orchestral ensemble in Nashville, electing Nashville Banner music critic and Vanderbilt University professor George Pullen Jackson to serve as their president and manager. Despite steady growth over the next decade, that organization fell victim to The Depression. In 1945, World War II veteran and Nashville native Walter Sharp returned home from the war intent on establishing a new symphony for Middle Tennessee. With the assistance of a small number of fellow music lovers, he convinced community leaders of this need and the Nashville Symphony was founded. Sharp retained William Strickland, a young conductor from New York, to serve as its first music director and conductor. The orchestra performed its first concert in the fall of 1946 at War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Over the ensuing five seasons, Strickland was responsible for setting the high performance standards that the orchestra and its conductors have
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    San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

    San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

    The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) is the youth orchestra of the San Francisco Symphony and a key element of the Symphony's community outreach and education program. First organized in 1981, the SFSYO performs an annual concert series, tours internationally, and has made several recordings. It is based in the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, in San Francisco, California. The SFSYO was first organized in 1981 by Edo de Waart, then Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and Jahja Ling who became the SFSYO's first Music Director. Pianist and arts patron Agnes Albert (1908–2002) was also instrumental in its founding. The Agnes Albert Youth Music Education Fund continues to support the orchestra's activities as does the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. The orchestra's inaugural concert came on 17 January 1982 with a performance of works by Brahms, Dvořák and Haydn conducted by Jahja Ling. In 1986, the SFSYO went on the first of their eight European tours to date and won the "Vienna Cup" at the Youth and Music Festival and competition in Vienna. The orchestra celebrated its 25th anniversary in May 2007 with a performance in Davies Symphony Hall of Beethoven's Symphony
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    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is Scotland's national chamber orchestra, based in Edinburgh. One of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, the SCO performs throughout Scotland, including annual tours of the Scottish Highlands and Islands and South of Scotland. The SCO appears regularly at the Edinburgh, East Neuk, St Magnus and Aldeburgh Festivals and The Proms. The SCO's international touring receives support from the Scottish Government. The Orchestra rehearses mainly at Edinburgh's Queens Hall. The orchestra was formed in 1974, with Roderick Brydon as its first Principal Conductor, from 1974 to 1983. Other principal conductors have included Jukka-Pekka Saraste (1987-1991) and Ivor Bolton (1994-1996). The American violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen served as Principal Conductor from 1996 to 2005, and is now the SCO's Conductor Emeritus. Sir Charles Mackerras held the position of Conductor Laureate until his death in 2010. The Estonian conductor Olari Elts served as the SCO's Principal Guest Conductor from October 2007 to September 2010. In October 2008, the SCO announced the appointment of Robin Ticciati as the orchestra's next principal conductor,
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    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; commonly abbreviated HKPO (港樂), is the largest symphony orchestra in Hong Kong. First established in 1895 as an amateur orchestra, under the name Sino-British Orchestra (中英管弦樂團), it was renamed the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 1957, and became a professional orchestra in 1974 under the funding of the Government. The orchestra has promoted Hong Kong-based composers by commissioning and premiering numerous works of contemporary music, including the recent five-work cycle of Voices of Hong Kong, by John Chen, David Gwilt, Daniel Law, Law Ping-leung and Richard Tsang. In February 1986, the HKPO made its debut tour of several cities in the People's Republic of China, with conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn and soloists Stephanie Chase (violin) and Li Jian (piano). In the autumn of 1995, the HKPO travelled to 9 cities in the United States and Canada in its North American début. In 2003, the orchestra made its European début with performances in London's Barbican Hall, Belfast, Dublin and Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées). Edo de Waart was the orchestra's Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, beginning with the 2004-2005 season, and he concluded
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    Manila Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra or MPO is an all-Filipino orchestra that is "owned and managed by the artists." This makes the MPO unique from the other orchestras in the country, as all decisions are collectively made by orchestra members, including concert programs and choice of guest performers to mundane issues, such as rehearsals. According to MPO music director and principal conductor Rodel Colmenar, "The orchestra members do not receive a single centavo during rehearsals. We all gather together solely for the love of music. We perform because we love to play and we love to make music." Philippine Headline News Online
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    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is an orchestra based in Melbourne, Australia. It has 100 permanent musicians. Melbourne has the longest continuous history of orchestral music of any Australian city and the MSO is the oldest professional orchestra in Australia. The MSO performs to more than 250,000 people in Melbourne and regional Victoria in over 150 concerts a year. Following integration with the Melbourne Chorale in 2008, the Orchestra has responsibility for its own choir, the MSO Chorus. The orchestra relies on funding by the Victorian State Government through Arts Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Federal government through the Australia Council and support from private corporations and donors. The MSO's first concert took place on 11 December 1906 under the baton of Alberto Zelman, founder of the MSO, who later became the first Australian conductor to conduct the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. In 1934, the MSO became one of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's radio orchestras. In 1949, the orchestra took on the new name of the Victorian Symphony Orchestra. In 1965, the orchestra's name reverted to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The
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    National Symphony Orchestra

    The National Symphony Orchestra (simplified Chinese: 国家交响乐团; traditional Chinese: 國家交響樂團, often abbreviated as NSO), also known as Philharmonia Taiwan (simplified Chinese: 台湾爱乐; traditional Chinese: 台灣愛樂) outside Taiwan, is one of the leading orchestras in Asia. Since 1987, the orchestra has its residence in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In the year of 2002, NSO held a series of five concerts that featured all nine symphonies and five piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concerts, called a discovery cycle (traditional Chinese: NSO發現系列), became NSO's regular Subscription Concert Series later since the 2004/2005 season. In each season, there are ten concerts consisting of at least one orchestral work of a composer. From September 2004 to June 2008, four Subscription Concert Series have been presented. In the 2008/2009 season, a newly created MyNSO series (traditional Chinese: NSO青春套票) took place of the Subscription Concert Series. Already in November 1994, NSO performed opera in National Concert Hall, Der fliegende Holländer was led by Prof. TSENG Dao-hsiung (traditional Chinese: 曾道雄), in December 2000, Jahja Ling performed Hänsel und Gretel. Under Chien
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    Philharmonia Moment Musical

    The Philharmonia Moment Musical (traditional Chinese: 樂興之時管絃樂團, abbreviated as PMM) is a non-professional symphony orchestra in Taiwan. It was founded in February 1999 by Taiwanese conductor Po-Po Chiang. Since 2002, PMM has been selected as quality group of performing arts by Council for Cultural Affairs of Republic of China in 5 consecutive years.
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    Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

    The Antalya State Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra located in Antalya. Founded in 1989 as Antalya Chamber Orchestra later became symphony orchestra in 1997. Principal conductor is the first woman conductor of Turkey Inci Özdil.
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    Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra

    Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) is a community orchestra based in Brisbane, Australia which performs a wide variety of orchestral and chamber music works. The BPO performs several concerts each year at venues including the Brisbane City Hall, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, St John's Cathedral, St Stephen's Cathedral, and the Old Museum Building, Brisbane. The orchestra also tours regionally throughout Queensland. It is administered by an executive committee elected by the members each year. The members are involved voluntarily in all facets of the organisation such as concert production, marketing and promotion, auditions, and social events. The orchestra was formed in 1999 with only 18 musicians. In 2000, the orchestra changed its name to the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO started presenting annual subscription seasons from 2001. In 2005, the orchestra received an honourable recognition at the National Orchestral Awards, the first Queensland community orchestra to have received such a mention. The orchestra presented its tenth annual subscription season in 2010. In addition to performing in its own right, the orchestra has also appeared in many popular
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    Canberra Symphony Orchestra

    Canberra Symphony Orchestra is the principal professional orchestra of the Australian Capital Territory based in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. The orchestra comprises senior faculty members from the Australian National University School of Music, senior students and professional instrumentalists. It was formed by the amalgamation of the Canberra Orchestral Society, an amateur body, with staff and students from the then Canberra School of Music. It was founded in 1966 by Ernest Llewellyn, who was its conductor until 1980. It has worked with leading Australian conductors including Richard Bonynge and Geoffrey Lancaster, and has presented Australian compositions by Peter Sculthorpe and Larry Sitsky. It has given premieres of new works including the first Australian performance of the First Medtner Piano Concerto with soloist Geoffrey Tozer (on 9 September 1992). It presents four subscription concerts each year, and collaborates with The Australian Ballet and Opera Australia in providing musical services. The orchestra's artistic director from 2001 until 2005 was Richard Gill. Presently the orchestra's chief conductor is Nicholas Milton, a young Australian conductor now
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    Glenn Miller Orchestra

    The Glenn Miller Orchestra was originally formed in 1938 by Glenn Miller. It was arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. Miller had already formed one band before this in 1936, but dissolved it as he considered it too similar to other bands of the era. The new band became very popular and recorded a number of chart successes — among these were the ever-popular, "Moonlight Serenade", "In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", and "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo." After the disappearance (and presumed death) of Miller in 1944, the band was reconstituted under the direction of Tex Beneke, its lead tenor saxophonist, singer, and one of Miller's longtime close friends. A few years later, the Miller estate, having parted ways with Beneke, hired Ray McKinley, principal drummer in Miller's Army Air Force band, to organize a new "ghost band" in 1956. Hollywood contributed to the band's popularity and that of its founder and original members with the 1953 release of The Glenn Miller Story on the big screen. The band garnered award nominations and box office success, as well as top
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    Hong Kong Sinfonietta

    The Hong Kong Sinfonietta (Chinese: 香港小交響樂團) is a professional symphony orchestra based in Hong Kong, China. It was established in 1990 by a group of local music graduates. It has always aimed at promoting classical music to the public. The orchestra was reorganized 1999, with Tsung Yeh, an American conductor of Chinese descent, as the new music director. The incumbent conductor and music director, Wing-sie Yip (葉詠詩), joined the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in April 2002, and since then, the orchestra has widened its range of repertoire, hoping to increase the spectrum of classical music admirers. It is financially supported by the HKSAR government. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to several other countries for tours, including the Saint-Riquier Festival in 2001, both the Saint-Riquier Festival and Les Flâneries Musicales d’Été de Reims in 2004, La Folle Journée in Tokyo in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and a tour of South America in 2010. It also participates in local arts festivals such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta currently uses the Hong Kong City Hall as its performance venue. Founded in 1990 by a group of local musicians, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has since
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    Iran's National Orchestra

    Iran's National Orchestra

    National Iranian Orchestra was founded in 1998 under the conduction of maestro Farhad Fakhreddini. Among its vocalists is Mohammad Reza Shajarian.
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    Latvijas nacionālais simfoniskais orķestris

    The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO, Latvijas Nacionālais simfoniskais orķestris) is Latvia's main symphony orchestra. It was founded in 1926 as the Latvian Radio Centre Orchestra by the conductor, Arvīds Pārups. Its current Chief Conductor and Artistic Director is Karel Mark Chichon. In addition to regular symphonic concerts, the orchestra also broadcasts and records. The orchestra's primary performance venue is The Great Guild Concert Hall in Riga. The Latvian National Opera also has an orchestra.
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    Metro Manila Community Orchestra

    The Metro Manila Community Orchestra (MMCO) is a 50-piece community-based orchestra composed of young musicians whose average age is 28 years old, with the youngest player aged 11. This orchestra was established in March 2000 and has since been guided by two musical virtuosos namely Mr. Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata as Artistic Director and Mr. Josefino “Chino” Toledo as Musical Director. The MMCO is a project of the Institute for Orchestral Development in the Philippines (IODP) based in Miriam College, Quezon City whose mission is to bring music to as many communities as possible especially those with little or no access to classical music MMCO CONDUCTOR: Maestro Josefino "Chino" Toledo http://home2.pacific.net.ph/~ctoledo/cond_page_3.htm MMCO OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://members.tripod.com/the_mmco/home.html
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    Philharmonia Orchestra

    The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in Great Britain, based in London. Since 1995, it has been based in the Royal Festival Hall. In Britain it is also the resident orchestra at De Montfort Hall, Leicester and the Corn Exchange, Bedford, as well as The Anvil, Basingstoke. In addition to its concerts in the UK, the Philharmonia undertakes substantial touring activity worldwide. Esa-Pekka Salonen is the orchestra's principal conductor and artistic advisor. The orchestra was founded in 1945 by Walter Legge. As Legge was a recording producer for EMI it was widely believed that the orchestra was primarily formed for recording purposes, but that was not Legge's intention. He had been Sir Thomas Beecham's assistant at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, before World War II, and, assuming that he and Beecham would be in charge there again after the war, Legge planned to establish a first-class orchestra for opera, concerts and recordings. After the war, opera resumed at Covent Garden under a different management, but Legge went ahead with his plans for a new orchestra. His contacts in the musical world during the war enabled him to secure the services of a large
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    Reuss Chamber Orchestra

    Reuss Chamber Orchestra

    The Reuss Chamber Orchestra (German: Reußisches Kammerorchester) is a chamber orchestra in Gera, Thuringia, Germany which sees itself as integral part of Theater&Philharmonie Thüringen. The aim of the Reuss Chamber Orchestra is to enrich the concert life of Gera, Altenburg and the region Eastern Thuringia, and to promote the cultural strength of the region nationwide. The concert life of the city of Gera is based on the tradition of the orchestra of the House of Reuss, which can be traced back to the year 1696. Concertmaster Herbert Voigt of the Philharmonic Orchestra founded the „Kammerorchester der Bühnen der Stadt Gera“ in the 1960/61 orchestra season. In 1987 it was awarded the title "Philharmonic Orchestra". In 2000 it was merged with the traditional Landeskapelle Altenburg. In 2011, the Reuss Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary. Honoring the merits of the House of Reuss, Gera, the orchestra was renamed to "Reuss Chamber Orchestra" in 1989. CEO: Solo oboist Guenter Gaebler CFO: Violinists Egbert Funda Art Director: NN Concert tours have taken the Reuss Chamber Orchestra to various German federal states and a variety of European countries. Highlights include
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    The Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE), established in 1981, is administratively based in London. The orchestra comprises about 60 members coming from across Europe. The players pursue parallel careers as international soloists, members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music. The orchestra receives substantial support from the European Commission and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation ; they have no single home resident hall and no appointed resident conductor. The idea for the COE came from musicians in the European Community Youth Orchestra, from members who were past the age limit for the ECYO and who wanted to continue working together in a chamber orchestra context. The founding members included the oboist Douglas Boyd, who served as the COE's principal oboist from 1981 to 2002. Over the years the COE has developed strong relationships with Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, together with Thomas Adès, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Paavo Berglund, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Ivan Fischer, Thomas Hengelbrock, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonidas Kavakos, Yannick
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    Barrier Reef Orchestra

    The Barrier Reef Orchestra is a community orchestra located in Townsville, Queensland Australia. The Orchestra promotes itself as "the North's own orchestra" and is a part of North Queensland Ensembles, it is currently based at the Riverway Arts Centre. Concertmaster is Kirtley Leigh Paine. In 2007 the Orchestra will feature Guest Conductor Sean O'Boyle, a well-known Australian conductor and composer who has written and produced music for more than sixty compact discs in collaboration with the ABC. In 2007 the Barrier Reef Orchestra presented a Beethoven Extravaganza with guest conductor John Hopkins OBE joining them for performances both in Townsville and Cairns.
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    BBC Concert Orchestra

    The BBC Concert Orchestra is a British orchestra based in London, one of the British Broadcasting Corporation's five radio orchestras. With around fifty players, it is the only one of the five which is not a full-scale symphony orchestra. The parent ensemble of the orchestra was the BBC Theatre Orchestra, which was formed in 1931 and based in Bedford. The orchestra also did opera work and was occasionally billed as the BBC Opera Orchestra. In August 1949, the ensemble was formally renamed the BBC Opera orchestra. In January 1952, the BBC Opera Orchestra was disbanded and the BBC Concert Orchestra was formed from players formerly from the BBC Opera Orchestra. The BBC Concert Orchestra is the BBC's most populist ensemble, playing a mixture of classical music, light music and popular numbers. Its primary role is to produce music for radio broadcast, and it is the resident orchestra of the world's longest running live music programme, Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2. Until 1972, the orchestra was based at the Camden Theatre. From 1972 to 2004, the orchestra performed regularly at the Golders Green Hippodrome. It also appears regularly at the Royal Festival Hall and The Proms
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    Boston Pops Orchestra

    Boston Pops Orchestra

    The Boston Pops Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts that specializes in playing light classical and popular music. The Boston Pops was founded in 1885 as a second, popular identity of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), founded four years earlier. Consisting primarily of musicians from the BSO, although generally not the first-chair players, the orchestra performs a Spring season of popular music and a holiday program in December, the BSO schedule on break at those times. For the Pops, the seating on the floor of Symphony Hall is reconfigured from auditorium seating to banquet/cafe seating. In addition the Pops also plays an annual concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade every Fourth of July. Identified with its long-time director Arthur Fiedler, in the past the orchestra has recorded extensively, made frequent tours, and appeared regularly on television. The Pops Spring and Holiday seasons allowed the BSO to become one of the first American orchestras to provide year-round employment for its musicians. The current Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra is Keith Lockhart. In 1881, Henry Lee Higginson, the founder of the Boston Symphony
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    Danish National Symphony Orchestra

    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Danish: DR SymfoniOrkestret; English abbreviation "DNSO"), is a Danish orchestra based in Copenhagen. The DNSO is the principal orchestra of DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). The DRSO is based at the Copenhagen Concert Hall. The roots of the orchestra date back to the singer Emil Holm, who expressed a wish to establish a full-time symphony orchestra in Denmark. In collaboration with fellow musicians Otto Fessel, Rudolf Dietz Mann and Folmer Jensen, the orchestra was founded in 1925, with 11 players in the ensemble and conductor Launy Grøndahl having a leadership role, though without a formal title. The orchestra grew to 30 players within a year. The orchestra performed its first public concert was in 1927, and began to give weekly concerts in 1928. In 1930, Holm recruited Nikolai Malko to a similar key role like Grøndahl as conductor with the orchestra, though again without Malko having a formal title. Early concerts were at the Axelborg building. In 1931, the orchestra began to give concerts at the Stærekassen hall of the Royal Danish Theatre. After going into exile from Germany in the 1930s, Fritz Busch worked extensively as a major
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    English Baroque Soloists

    The English Baroque Soloists is a chamber orchestra playing on period instruments, formed in 1978 by English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Its repertoire comprises music from the early Baroque period to the Classical period. The English Baroque Soloists often appear with John Eliot Gardiner's choir, the Monteverdi Choir. The Monteverdi Choir, which was formed in 1964, was originally partnered by the Monteverdi Orchestra which did not use period instruments. In 1990 Gardiner formed the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, another period instrument ensemble. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique specialises in a later repertoire than that of the English Baroque Soloists, but shares some players. The orchestra has recorded under: See Monteverdi Choir's discography section.
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    Hallé Orchestra

    Hallé Orchestra

    The Hallé is a symphony orchestra based in Manchester, England. It supports a choir, youth choir, children's choir and a youth orchestra, and releases its recordings on its own record label, though it has occasionally released recordings on Angel Records and EMI. Since 1996 the orchestra has been resident at the Bridgewater Hall. In May 1857 the pianist and conductor Charles Hallé set up an orchestra to perform at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition, which it did until October. Hallé decided to continue working with the orchestra as a formal organisation, and it gave its first concert under those auspices on 30 January 1858. The orchestra's first home was the Free Trade Hall. By 1861 the orchestra was in financial trouble, and it performed only two concerts that year. Hans Richter served as music director from 1899 to 1911. During his tenure, the orchestra gave the first performance of the Symphony No. 1 of Sir Edward Elgar. In 1943 the orchestra was again in crisis, having diminished in size to 30 players. Over the next 27 years, from 1943 to 1970, the orchestra's next music director, Sir John Barbirolli, restored the Hallé to national prominence. Together, they made many
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    Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

    Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra based in Moscow, Russia. It was founded in 1951 by Samuil Samosud, as the Moscow Youth Orchestra for young and inexperienced musicians, acquiring its current name in 1953. It is most associated with longtime conductor Kiril Kondrashin under whom it premiered Shostakovich's Fourth and Thirteenth symphonies as well as other works. The Orchestra undertook a major tour of Japan with Kondrashin in April 1967 and CDs of the Japanese radio recordings have been made available on the Altus label. A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational 8.558087-90 Ballet, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred MYASKOVSKY: Symphonies Nos. 24 and 25 Naxos 8.555376 Orchestral PAVLOVA: Monolog / The Old New York Nostalgia / Sulamith (Suite) Naxos 8.557674 Orchestral SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad" BIS BIS-CD-515 Orchestral TISHCHENKO: Symphony No. 7, Op. 119 Naxos 8.557013 Orchestral XENAKIS: DOX-ORKH / MIRA FORNES: Desde Tan Tien BIS BIS-CD-772 Concertos, Orchestral
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    Queensland Youth Orchestras

    Queensland Youth Orchestras

    The Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) is Australia's leading organisation for orchestral training and performance and is currently based at the Old Museum building in Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It also houses Queensland's premiere youth orchestra, The Queensland Youth Symphony. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro John Curro AM MBE since 1966, the Queensland Youth Symphony has often been regarded as being one of the top youth orchestras in Australia. QYO is a member of Youth Orchestras Australia (YOA), a network comprising the major state youth orchestras of Australia and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Queensland Youth Orchestras consists of three symphony orchestras, two concert bands, a junior string orchestra, a chamber orchestra and a big band. Each group has its own annual program of rehearsals, tutorials, music camps, concerts and tours for musicians. 500 musicians in 8 orchestras perform more than 60 concerts throughout Queensland each year. The leading orchestra, the Queensland Youth Symphony conducted by John Curro AM MBE, tours internationally every four years and regularly performs with world-class soloists such as Christopher
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    Sydney Youth Orchestra

    The Sydney Youth Orchestra (or SYO), is the flagship orchestra of the Sydney Youth Orchestras family. The SYO provides orchestral training to young musicians in the age range 6-25 years. Sydney Youth Orchestras consists of eleven different ensembles of varying standards. Many of the members of the SYO (the most senior orchestra) have progressed through the various lower level ensembles within the association, although it is not a requirement for entry. List of symphony orchestras
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    Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

    Ural Philharmonic Orchestra

    Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (UPO, in Russian Уральский академический филармонический оркестр, УАФО) is a full orchestra based in Yekaterinburg (former Sverdlovsk, Russia) and considered to be one of the leading orchestras in Russia. One of the oldest Russian orchestras, the Ural Philharmonic was founded in 1936, but it was hidden for the rest of the world until 1991 when it became well known in many countries. It was formed by Mark Paverman, famous Russian conductor, in 1936 as the Orchestra of the Sverdlovsk Radio. The most prominent musicians of the Soviet Union – conductors, soloists and composers – worked with the Orchestra. In 1992 it received the new name - 'Ural Philharmonic Orchestra'. In 1995 it was given an "academic" title (this title is conferred to the best theater companies and orchestras of Russia). So its full name is the Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra uniting a hundred of musicians is famous for its interpretations of classical as well as modern music. It gives 100 concerts every year. The UPO is the main resident orchestra of all the musical festivals of the Sverdlovsk State Philarmony. In 2000-s the UPO gave some dozens of concerts in
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    Utah youth symphony

    The Utah Youth Symphony is a symphony orchestra composed of talented young musicians who have the will and want to continue the beauty of music.
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    Alvarez Chamber Orchestra

    Alvarez Chamber Orchestra

    The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra is a London-based organisation dedicated to the promotion and performance of contemporary classical music. Its Honorary President is Sir Colin Davis. It holds an annual composition competition, "Plucked from Nowhere", for new music for harp and chamber orchestra. American composer Molly Kien is the author of The Song of Britomartis, the winning entry of the 2009 competition. Artists who have worked with the orchestra include Nicholas Daniel, its Honorary Vice President Zygmunt Krauze, and guitarist Timothy Walker. In 2008, the orchestra was invited to introduce its Autumn season Northern Ayres: An Anglo Polish Celebration at St John's Smith Square in the Polish Embassy in London. The ACO was active from 1979 to 1985 as a student and semi-professional orchestra that consisted of musicians from the NYO, RAM, and the City of London School. It performed a wide range of classical and contemporary chamber works, until it was disbanded when its founder, Geoffrey Álvarez, left London in 1985. In 2007 the ACO was re-formed as a professional orchestra and charitable trust, with the goal of performing music by contemporary international composers, who are little
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    Jenaer Philharmonie

    The Jenaer Philharmonie is a symphony orchestra based in Jena, Germany. It was founded in 1934 with the intent to revive and continue the old traditions of the "Collegium musicum Jenense" and the academic concerts by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena). In 1953 it became a symphonic orchestra and acquired its present-day status of philharmonic orchestra in 1969. It is the largest independent symphony orchestra in the central German state of Thuringia. In addition to the orchestra, the Philharmonic Choir (Philharmonischer Chor Jena), the Boys' Choir (Knabenchor der Jenaer Philharmonie), and the Jena Madrigal Choir (Jenaer Madrigalkreis) are parts of the Jenaer Philharmonie. The current Intendant of the orchestra is Bruno Scharnberg. Ernst Schwaßmann was the orchestra's first Generalmusikdirektor (General Music Director, GMD), from 1934 to 1945. Andrey Boreyko, GMD from 1998 to 2003, now has the title of Ehrendirigent (honorary conductor) with the orchestra. Boreyko conducted the orchestra in commercial recordings for such labels as Teldec. The most recent GMD was the Australian conductor Nicholas Milton, from 2003 to 2010. The orchestra
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    State Symphony Capella of Russia

    The State Symphony Capella of Russia (Государственная академическая симфоническая капелла России) comprises an orchestra and choir, both based in Moscow, Russia. Its principal conductor is Valery Polyansky. It was formed in 1991 by merging the former USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Симфонического оркестра Министерства культуры СССР) with the USSR State Chamber Choir (Государственного Камерного хора СССР). It is sometimes known as the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. http://www.imgartists.com/?page=artist&id=540&c=2
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    Sussex Symphony Orchestra

    The Sussex Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1993 by the current musical director Mark Andrew James. Based in Brighton, England, and consisting of both professional and amateur players, the orchestra performs large scale works and promenade concert events at venues in Sussex. "Carr:Crowded Streets" with composer Paul Carr Contemporary (audio CD) (2000)
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    San Diego Chamber Orchestra

    San Diego Chamber Orchestra

    Orchestra Nova San Diego, formerly known as the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, is a chamber orchestra based in San Diego, California. The group's Artistic Director is Jung-Ho Pak. The San Diego Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1983 and performed its first concerts in 1984. The ensemble changed its name to Orchestra Nova San Diego in the fall of 2009. The orchestra performs in many different locations; its primary venues are Sherwood Auditorium at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla and the new Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in Sorrento Valley, described by Pak as "one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the country." Other venues include the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Coronado Performing Arts Center at the Coronado School of the Arts, and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE). The group has 35 full-time members, with up to 15 additional musicians being added for special occasions and Pops concerts. The group's season runs fall through spring and typically includes five Classics Series concerts, three pops concerts and Handel's Messiah in December. The 2011-2012 season has been a banner year for Orchestra Nova. They debuted Nintendo's The
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    University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra

    The University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra based in the University of Warwick music centre in West Midlands, England and is composed mainly of university students, together with some staff and members of the local community. The performing orchestra numbers nearly 150 people, and the orchestra performs throughout the year at various venues, including the Warwick Arts Centre's Butterworth Hall.
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    Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

    The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (also known as the ASO) was founded as a 17 player radio ensemble in 1936, in Adelaide, South Australia. The orchestra reformed in 1949 as the 55 member South Australian Symphony Orchestra. It reverted to its original and present title, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in late 1974, and currently comprises 74 permanent members. Its music director since 2004 has been Arvo Volmer. Each year the orchestra undertakes over 100 performances across a diverse musical spectrum. The ASO provides the orchestral support for all productions of the State Opera of South Australia, for Adelaide performances of the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, and is the most prolific contributor to the Adelaide Festival. The popular annual tradition of Symphony Under the Stars, the outdoor Alfresco series, the innovative Education Program, ASO on Tour, the East End Rush Hour chamber series, and the entertaining Showtime Series are just some concerts bringing live orchestral music to South Australians each year. The ASO won world acclaim in 1998 with Australia’s first production of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The orchestra participated in the first fully Australian
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    Australian Chamber Orchestra

    The Australian Chamber Orchestra was founded by cellist John Painter in 1975. Richard Tognetti was appointed Lead Violin in 1989 and subsequently appointed Artistic Director. As well as frequent Australian tours, the Australian Chamber Orchestra often tours Asia, Europe and the USA, including regular performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Recordings by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra of J.S.Bach won three consecutive ARIA Awards. The Australian Chamber Orchestra appears in the films Musical Renegades and Musica Surfica and the television series Classical Destinations series two. In 2005, ACO2, a second ensemble combining emerging artists and Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians was formed as a training and regional touring orchestra. Richard Tognetti performs on a 1743 Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan from an anonymous benefactor. Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve performs on a 1729 Giuseppe Guarneri Filius Andreae cello, on loan from Peter Weiss. Principal Second Violin Helena Rathbone plays a 1759 J.B. Guadagnini violin on loan from the Commonwealth Bank
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    Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

    Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

    The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Bilkent Senfoni Orkestrası in Turkish also known as BSO) is a major symphony orchestra of Turkey located in Bilkent, Ankara. It was founded in 1993 by Bilkent University. Since 1994 the orchestra is based in Bilkent Concert Hall. The BSO is UNICEF Turkey Goodwill Ambassador since 2009. The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1993 as an original artistic project of Bilkent University. Developed by the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, the orchestra is composed of over 120 proficient artists and academicians of the Faculty from Turkey and 12 countries. Turkish and foreign artists, continuing their postgraduate studies at the Institute of Music and Performing Arts also participate in concerts to further expand the orchestra. With these characteristics, the BSO is the first private, international and academic, artistic ensemble in Turkey. Since its foundation, the orchestra has been awarded by several organizations such as Ankara Public Relations Association and Mevlana Foundation. Furthermore, UNICEF has recognized BSO as UNICEF Turkey Goodwill Ambassador upon its efforts to aid children in need in various regions of the world, specifically
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    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is a British orchestra based in Birmingham, England. The Orchestra's current chief executive, appointed in 1999, is Stephen Maddock. Since 2008, the CBSO's music director is Andris Nelsons. Founded by Neville Chamberlain, the orchestra first performed as the City of Birmingham Orchestra in September 1920, with Appleby Matthews conducting its first concert. The programme included Overture: Saul by Granville Bantock, a strong supporter of the orchestra's foundation. However, its official foundation is generally reckoned to have been the "First Symphony Concert" in November 1920, when Edward Elgar conducted a programme of his own music in Birmingham Town Hall. Appleby Matthews was the orchestra's first chief conductor. Adrian Boult was chief conductor from 1924 to 1930. The CBO became a full time organisation in 1944, changing its name to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1948. Chief conductors since then included Rudolf Schwarz, the composer Andrzej Panufnik, Boult in an emergency return for a season after Panufnik's sudden resignation, Hugo Rignold and Louis Frémaux. During this time, the orchestra made recordings and gave
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    Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (French: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) is the main orchestra in the principality of Monaco. The orchestra gives concerts primarily in the Auditorium Rainier III, but also performs at the Salle des Princes Grimaldi Forum. The orchestra was founded in 1856 and gave its first concert on 14 December 1856, with an ensemble of 15 musicians, at the "Maison de jeux" (the future casino). By 1874, the orchestra had increased in size to 70 musicians. In 1953, Prince Rainier III had ordered the renaming of the ensemble to L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. It acquired its current name in 1980, again through Rainier III. The orchestra's most recent principal conductor was Yakov Kreizberg, who was named to the post in October 2007, effective with the 2009-2010 season, for an initial contract of 5 years. He held the post until his death in March 2011.
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    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is a Canadian orchestra performing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over 240,000 people attend its live performances each year. It was founded in 1930 and plays in 12 venues. Its home is the Orpheum theatre. With an annual operating budget of $9.5 million, it is the third largest symphony orchestra in Canada. It performs 140 concerts per season. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) was founded by the Vancouver Symphony Society in 1930, largely through the efforts of arts patron Elisabeth Rogers. Two previous un-related orchestras had operated under the name the "Vancouver Symphony Orchestra", the first of which was formed in 1897 by Adolf Gregory and lasted for only one season. The second VSO was formed in 1919 by conductor Henry Green and was led by F.L. Beecher (president) and Mrs B.T. Rogers (vice-president). That orchestra existed for two seasons before financial strains and the disappearance of Green forced the orchestra to cease activities in 1921. In addition to their regular concert schedule, the VSO also served as the Vancouver Opera company's orchestra during the 1960s and 1970s, until creation of the separate Vancouver Opera
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    Yucatan symphony orchestra

    Yucatan symphony orchestra

    The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra (OSY) is a philharmonic orchestra based in Mérida, Yucatán, México. The OSY was founded on February, 2001 in Mérida, by the ICY (Domingo Rodriguez, Mari Eli Sosa and Leroy Osmon as organizers under the direction of the Governor) and was re-established in 2004 through a joint venture by the Yucatán State Government and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán foundation. Its main performing venue is the José Peón Contreras theater, renovated in 2011, in Mérida, with a 700-seat capacity. The Symphony's inaugural concert, after being re-established, was on February 27, 2004 under its first conductor, the Colombian Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz. (The first conductor in 2001 of the newly formed symphony was Victor Mayer from Bulgaria.) In early 2009, Juan Carlos Lomónaco came from Mexico City to lead the Symphony. 55 base musicians:
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    China National Symphony Orchestra

    China National Symphony Orchestra

    The China National Symphony Orchestra (Chinese: 中国交响乐团; pinyin: Zhōngguó Jiāoxiǎng Yuètuán; abbreviated CNSO) is China's national orchestra. According to its website, it is one of the most outstanding professional orchestras in China. It was originally founded as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in 1956 under the baton of the famous Chinese conductor Li Delun(Chinese: 李德伦). In 1996 it was restructured and renamed the China National Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Xia Guan is the orchestra’s executive director. The orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor is En Shao, and Xincao Li is the resident conductor. Li Delun conducted the first concert in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mozart in Beijing after the founding of the orchestra. On October 1st 1959, the concert of Beethoven No.9 was performed by the orchestra in Beijing, and all the musicians were Chinese. In 1996, the Central Philharmonic was restructured and renamed the CNSO. At that time, the CNSO not only played much western classical music such as Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner, but it also introduced lots of works such as Yellow River Cantata by Chinese
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    Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) is an orchestra based in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 1997 and operates under the auspices of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra Association, a corporation limited by guarantee and Irish charity, The former Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra was active from the 1700s to the 1930s. The famous Violinist,Conductor and Impresario Pierre Van Maldere conducting from 1751. The present Music Director & Conductor is Derek Gleeson. The new Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra gave its premier concert during the 1997 Kilkenny Arts Festival at the 13th century Norman cathedral, "St. Canices", in the ancient city of Kilkenny. In addition to performing a repertoire of standard classical masterworks, the orchestra gives a voice to Ireland's contemporary composers. The orchestra has recorded classical and contemporary repertoire for commercial record companies, including Albany Records (U.S.A.), BMG/Windham Hill Records, and in 2006 was featured on the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland's "Contemporary Music from Ireland, Volume Six" CD in a recording of Baginbun 1170 by the composer Vincent Kennedy. Additionally, the orchestra has recorded film scores for
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    Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

    Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungarian: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar; formerly, the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian: Magyar Állami Hangversenyzenekar) is one of the most prestigious symphony orchestras in Hungary. Based in the capital city of Budapest, it has stood as one of the pillars of the country's musical life since its founding in 1923 as the Metropolitan Orchestra (Hungarian: Székesfővárosi Zenekar). Zoltán Kocsis is the current musical director. Dr. Bor, Dezső; Dr. Bor, György (1998) (in Hungarian). Bor Dezső Emlékkönyv. http://mek.oszk.hu/00200/00206/. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
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    Orquesta de Baja California

    Orquesta de Baja California (in English Baja California Orchestra) is an orchestra based in the Mexican state of Baja California. The ensemble is a chamber orchestra of variable size, composed of about 17 to 40 musicians, and conducted by Maestro Angel Romero and Armando Pesquiera. As of mid-2006, Maestro Romero is no longer Music Director of the OBC, and was succeeded as Music Director by Maestro Ivan del Prado who is also Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica National de Cuba. The orchestra players are primarily from Latin America, but there are also several regular orchestra members from the former Soviet Bloc, as well as extra players when necessary, from the USA. In April 2005, it toured under Maestro Romero's direction with American musician Sean Bradley and some other American orchestra players to perform at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.
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    Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

    Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1882 and is Russia's oldest symphony orchestra. It was initially known as the "Imperial Music Choir" and performed privately for the court of Alexander III of Russia. By the 1900s it had started to give public performances at the Philharmonia and elsewhere. Richard Strauss conducted the orchestra in 1912. After the Russian Revolution the orchestra was taken over by its members, who changed the name to the "State Philharmonic Orchestra of Petrograd". In the 1920s the orchestra began receiving support from the state, and began to be known internationally as an excellent orchestra. Guest conductor appearances were made by Bruno Walter, Ernest Ansermet and Hans Knappertsbusch at this time. Around this time the orchestra was renamed the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra gained its most fame under the lengthy directorship of Evgeny Mravinsky. The orchestra made few tours to the West, but the orchestra recorded a number of studio and live recordings under Mravinsky. Furthermore, it was under Mravinsky that the orchestra premiered seven of Shostakovich's symphonies. In 1991 the orchestra gained its current name after
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    San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra

    The San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra (SMPO) is one of the two major performing arts groups (along with the San Miguel Master Chorale) under the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. As a young ensemble, its wide selection of works encompassing musical genres attests to its versatility and dynamism. Together with the SMMC, the SMPO aspires to produce and perform new orchestral works that will ensure the growth and development of Filipino music. The SMPO, together with the SMMC, was disbanded in late January 2007 by the San Miguel Corporation. In a swift and silent move, the big bosses of the San Miguel Corporation have already disbanded the SMPO and the SMMC. Late January 2007, instrumentalists of the SMPO and SMMC were summoned one by one by the big bosses who informed them of the non-renewal of their contracts. Many of the performers did not get any separation pay. Insider reports say that the SMC was "more inclined" on supporting its four professional basketball teams. No word yet on what happened to Ryan Cayabyab, the SMFPA's Executive and Artistic Director. (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/mindfeeds/mindfeeds/view_article.php?article_id=47585) The SMPO has been
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    Slovenská filharmónia

    Slovenská filharmónia

    The Slovenská filharmónia (Slovak Philharmonic) is a symphony orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia. Founded in 1949, the orchestra has resided since the 1950s in the Baroque era Reduta Bratislava concert hall constructed in 1773. Besides giving seasonal concerts, it also plays regularly at music festivals throughout Europe, and has made international tours to Cyprus, Turkey, Japan, and the United States. The orchestra has produced many critically acclaimed recordings, particularly for Naxos Records.
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    Symphony New Brunswick

    Symphony New Brunswick is the largest classical music organization in New Brunswick, Canada. The orchestra was founded in 1983 following the demise of the Halifax-based Atlantic Symphony Orchestra ("ASO") which performed in several New Brunswick cities from 1969 to 1982. From 1950 to 1962, the Saint John Symphony Orchestra played in Saint John and from 1953-1962, the Fredericton Civic Orchestra served the Province's capital city. The two New Brunswick orchestras merged in 1962 to form the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra which was itself replaced in 1969 by the ASO. Symphony New Brunswick presents concerts in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre, in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre and in Fredericton at several venues including the Playhouse. The Music Director is Michael Newnham. The principals of the orchestra's string sections constitute the Saint John String Quartet which was formed in 1987 and is a winner of an East Coast Music Award for one of its recordings. The Quartet offers its own series of concerts under the Symphony's auspices and has performed internationally. The Quartet also performs regularly in schools in many parts of New Brunswick. In addition to the Symphony's many
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    Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

    The Bamberg Symphony (German: Bamberger Symphoniker - Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie) is a German orchestra based in Bamberg and well known for its artistic excellence and frequent international touring. The orchestra was formed in 1946 mainly from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia under the Beneš decrees, who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. The orchestra received the title of Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie (Bavarian State Philharmonic) in 1993. The orchestra commemorated its 60th anniversary on 16 March 2006. Since 1993, the home of the orchestra is the Konzert- und Kongresshalle (Concert and Congress Hall), which has the nickname Sinfonie an der Regnitz (Symphony on the Regnitz). Concerts before 1993 were given at the Dominikanerbau. The orchestra receives financial support from the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Bamberg, Oberfranken district and the district of Bamberg. The government of Bavaria retired the orchestra's financial debts in 2003. Joseph Keilberth was the orchestra's first principal conductor. Other principal conductors have included Eugen Jochum, James Loughran and Horst Stein, both of whom also held the
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    Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

    Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) is a full symphony orchestra composed of talented young musicians in Malaysia. The core programme of MPYO includes weekend rehearsals, tutorials, concerts, residential music camps and tours. There may also be a chance for members to attend workshops, masterclasses and perform chamber music. In addition to the regular director, Kevin Field, members will have the opportunity to work with leading guest artists and conductors. Notable players in the orchestra's alumni include Jae Sern Lim and Nami Baradan, both of whom were concertmasters. Baradan lead the orchestra on its inaugural concert with a repertoire that included the premiere of Malaysian composer Adeline Wong's "Ria!" and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, with great solo success. Other noteworthy musicians include Isaac Chia, Howard Ng, and alumni members Angela Lou, Eugenia Lou and Tan Chui Ling. Orchestra members receive regular tutorials during weekend rehearsals and music camps. Each section of the orchestra will be coached by members of the MPO in the preparation of individual parts, section and general orchestral playing and thus gain valuable insight into the routines and
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    Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

    Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

    The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) is a chamber orchestra based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 1972 by Ruben Gurevich, the ensemble's first music director, the MCO presents nine concerts annually at Westminster United Church and tours in rural Manitoba, Canada and elsewhere. The MCO premieres numerous new compositions each season. At the biennial meeting of the Association of Canadian Orchestras in 1990 the MCO was presented with a SOCAN Award of Merit for ‘the imaginative programming of contemporary Canadian music.’ Past music directors have also included Simon Streatfeild (1984–1991) and Roy Goodman (1999–2005). In April 2007, Anu Tali was named music director of the orchestra, effective as of September 2007, but that November, the orchestra announced that it and Tali were unable to agree on contract terms, so that Tali never served in the post. In November 2008, Anne Manson was named the music director and principal conductor of the orchestra, effective immediately with the 2008-2009 season. So much to tell Roy Goodman, conductor Measha Brueggergosman, soprano CBC Records SMCD5234 Sea Sketches Roy Goodman, conductor CBC Records SMCD5227 Gerald Finzi:
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    National Symphony Orchestra

    National Symphony Orchestra

    The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), founded in 1931, is an American symphony orchestra that performs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. For the first period of its history, the orchestra performed in Constitution Hall. During the tenure of the first music director, Hans Kindler, the musicians received a salary of US$40.00 per week, for three rehearsals and one concert, for five months of the year. Kindler and the orchestra made several 78-rpm recordings for RCA Victor, including the two Roumanian Rhapsodies by George Enescu; much later, in 1960, the orchestra would perform the first of these works under the baton of the visiting Romanian conductor George Georgescu, a close associate and favored exponent of the composer. One of the more unusual RCA recordings with the orchestra was of the complete ballet music from the opera King Henry VIII by Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the very few recordings conducted by Walter Damrosch. Years later, Howard Mitchell made a series of stereophonic recordings with the orchestra for RCA. Antal Doráti recorded with the orchestra for Decca Records. Mstislav Rostropovich made recordings for Teldec, Sony Records,
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    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is the United States' only full-time professional chamber orchestra. In collaboration with five Artistic Partners, the 34 virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year and are regularly heard on public radio’s "Performance Today", which reaches 1.5 million listeners each week on 243 stations, and on SymphonyCast, reaching 480,000 listeners each week on 125 stations nationwide. The orchestra's recording of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring at Sound 80 studios was one of the earliest digital audio recordings to see commercial release. Beginning with the 2004 – 05 season, the SPCO adopted a new artistic model by eliminating the position of Music Director and creating positions for several Artistic Partners, prominent established musicians. Under this model the musicians of the SPCO are given a much higher degree of artistic control. Launched in 1995, the SPCO's CONNECT education program reaches 6,000 students annually in 16 Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools. The orchestra's activities are supported by the Friends of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
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    Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra

    Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra

    The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra) is a Venezuelan orchestra. Named after the Venezuelan national hero Simón Bolívar, it is the apex of the nation's system of youth orchestras. The orchestras are run under the auspices of the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar (FMSB), formerly known as the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela, known colloquially as El Sistema. The economist José Antonio Abreu established the orchestra on 12 February 1975. Based in Caracas, the orchestra moved home in 2007 from the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex to a new Center for Social Action Through Music nearby. The name of the center reflects that fact that El Sistema sees itself as a social agency. Gustavo Dudamel has been the orchestra's artistic director since 1999. The orchestra has worked with many famous conductors including Claudio Abbado. By 2011 the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra was no longer officially a youth orchestra because the average age of the players had risen too high. As its country's national youth orchestra, it has been replaced by its younger sibling, the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra. In
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    Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (東京フィルハーモニー交響楽団, Tōkyō Firuhāmonī Kōkyō Gakudan) claims to be the oldest classical orchestra in Japan, having been founded in Nagoya in 1911. It moved to Tokyo in 1938 and has some 166 members as of 2005. The orchestra plays at Orchard Hall, part of the Bunkamura (文化村) shopping and entertainment complex in Shibuya, Tokyo.
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    Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

    The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a Canadian orchestra based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Its primary concert venue is the Centennial Concert Hall, and the orchestra also performs throughout the province of Manitoba. The WSO gives an average of 80 concerts per year. The WSO also provides orchestral accompaniment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Opera. Established in 1947, the WSO played its first concert on December 16, 1948 in the Civic Auditorium. Walter Kaufmann was the WSO's first music director, from 1948 to 1958. Victor Feldbrill, the WSO's only Canadian Music Director to date, succeeded Kaufmann in 1958. The WSO initially performed out of the Civic Auditorium until April 1968, when the WSO moved to its present home in the 2,300-seat Centennial Concert Hall. In 1992, then-Music Director Bramwell Tovey and the WSO's Composer-in-Residence Glenn Buhr, along with others, created the WSO's New Music Festival. In the 2011-2012 season, the WSO began the 'Sistema Winnipeg' programme, modelled after Venezuela's El Sistema, to provide music education to disadvantaged children in Winnipeg. Andrey Boreyko was the WSO's music director from 2001 to 2006. During his tenure,
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    Evergreen Symphony Orchestra

    The Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (Chinese: 長榮交響樂團; pinyin: Chángróng Jiāoxiǎng Yuètuán, abbreviated as ESO) is a Taiwanese orchestra founded by Chang Yung-Fa Foundation of Evergreen Group in 2001. The orchestra is featured by bringing up talented Taiwanese players and promoting Taiwanese folk music. Two of the many performances of ESO is on EVA Air's boarding, approach, and disembarkation background music, accompanying the shots of Taiwan on the PTV's and overhead screens during boarding. On final approach, the music is accompanied by "no cellulars", "no smoking", live plane map, and current plane information and departure and destination information, including estimated time of arrival on the screens. During disembarkation, the music is accompanied by "We Look Forward To Serve You Again" message, no smoking, no cellulars, and real-time information display on screens. In April 2001, the Chang Yung-Fa Foundation invited a number of Chinese musicians and well-known international arts consultants to help form a 20-person Evergreen Orchestra, which was soon expanded to a 70-person symphony orchestra in 2002. Lim Kek-tjiang, a renowned Chinese-Indonesian violinist and conductor, was
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    Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

    Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra) is a youth orchestra based in Vienna, Austria, founded in 1986 by conductor Claudio Abbado. In 1992, the orchestra became the first pan-European youth orchestra to offer access to young musicians in former communist countries like Hungary and Czechoslovakia, by holding open auditions in the former Eastern Bloc. Since 1992 a jury authorized by Claudio Abbado makes its selection from the many candidates at auditions held in more than twenty-five European cities each year. At present there are more than 100 musicians in the orchestra and they come from various countries, including Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, Russia, Spain, Great Britain, Romania and Switzerland. The members of the jury are prominent orchestral players who continue to assist the orchestra with its musical program during the rehearsal period. The orchestra has a huge structure. More than 130 musicians went on their Easter Tour in 2005, enough to play Richard Strauss' Eine Alpensinfonie in its full orchestration The GMJO tour repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary music with the emphasis on the great symphonic works of the romantic and late
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    National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra

    The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra (NSGSO) was formed in 1976 as a joint orchestra of The Scout Association and the Girl Guides Association in the United Kingdom. Since it was formed, the orchestra has met yearly, undertaking a week-long course, finishing normally with 2 concerts. The orchestra also embarks on a tour abroad approximately every four/five years, past tours have taken the orchestra to USA, Greece, Germany, The Czech Republic and, in 2004, Estonia. The orchestra has also been found performing in such prestigious venues as Westminster Abbey, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and The Royal Albert Hall as well as performances for Royalty. The orchestra comprises around 70 Scout and Guides between the ages of 13 and 30. The orchestra recruits new members every year, there are no auditions but recommendations from Scouter/Guider and Conductor/Music teacher must be provided. The orchestra has tackled pieces such as Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms and Borodin's second symphony in B-minor. The course is led by an experienced orchestral conductor and supported by a team of professional musicians as
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    National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

    The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Chinese: 國立臺灣交響樂團), also known as NTSO, founded in 1945, is the oldest symphony orchestra in Taiwan. It is based in Wufeng, Taichung.
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    Netherlands Radio Symphony

    The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra (NRSO) was a Dutch radio orchestra. It was founded in 1985 after a merger of the Promenade Orchestra and the Radio Orchestra (Omroep Orkest). The orchestra participated in various operatic productions and in special musical projects as well as international competitions. It served as the regular accompanying orchestra of the Kiril Kondrashin Conductors' Masterclasses, the Oscar Back Concours, and the International Vocalists' Competition. The orchestra appeared at the Holland Festival, the Gaudeamus Week, and in several educational projects. The RSO's chief conductors included Henry Lewis (1989-1991), Kees Bakels (1991-1996) and Eri Klas (1996-2003). Klas became Principal Guest Conductor in the 2003-2004 season. Hans Vonk held the title of Chief Conductor in the 2003-2004 season, the orchestra's last chief conductor. Vonk's neurodegenerative illness had debilitated him to the point that he conducted several NRSO concerts from a wheelchair.. Other guest conductors have included Jiří Kout, János Fürst, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jaap van Zweden, and Alexander Lazarev, as well as Marc Soustrot, Armin Jordan, and Jean-Bernard Pommier. The NRSO had
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    Orchestra of Opera North

    The Orchestra of Opera North (or English Northern Philharmonia as recording name) is the orchestra that plays for the English opera company, Opera North. It was founded as the English Northern Philharmonia, and changed its name during the period when Steven Sloane was Opera North's Music Director. Since the Royal Scottish National Orchestra ceased to play for Scottish Opera, the OON is the only orchestra in Britain which performs throughout the year in concert halls as well as opera houses. The orchestra made a number of recordings for Naxos Records under former Opera North Music Directors Paul Daniel and David Lloyd-Jones.
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    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive metal band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. Since then, TSO has sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums. The band's musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven's Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music. Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium" Paul O'Neill has managed and produced rock bands including Aerosmith, Humble Pie,
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    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is a British period instrument orchestra. The OAE is a resident orchestra of the Southbank Centre, London, associate orchestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has its headquarters at Kings Place. The leadership is rotated between four musicians, Alison Bury, Matthew Truscott, Kati Debretzeni and Margaret Faultless. A group of period instrumentalist players formed the OAE as a self-governing ensemble in 1986, and took its name from the historical period in the late 18th century where the core of its repertoire is based. The OAE does not have a principal conductor, but chooses conductors individually. Having no permanent music director gives the orchestra flexibility to work with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists across a wide range of music. The current Principal Artists are Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Iván Fischer and Sir Mark Elder. Emeritus Conductors are Frans Brüggen, the late Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Roger Norrington. Other conductors to have worked with the OAE at its invitation include Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Edward Gardner, Robin Ticciati, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt, Mark Elder,
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    Oruro Symphony Orchestra

    Oruro Symphony Orchestra

    The Oruro Symphony Orchestra (Spanish: Orquesta Sinfónica de Oruro) is a symphony orchestra based in Oruro, Bolivia. Under the directorship of Jesús Elías (2006-2008), they perform at the Teatro de la Casa Municipal de Cultura in Oruro. Following the foundation of the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in La Paz in 1907, a strong insurgency for musical movements in the main cities of Bolivia originated. In Oruro, the teacher Pedro Rodriguez Santa Cruz in 1914, became the first director to conform an orchestra. Nevertheless, it was not until 1921 that the city saw the orchestra established in Oruro, directed by the violin teacher Linen Cañipa Ferreira, being reorganized in October 1930 by the Italian teacher Franco Russo. Amongst the orchestra members were acclaimed musicians such as Adrián Patiño Carpio, Franz Walk, Francisco Molo, Adolph Hirschmann, the Forns Samsó brothers, the French cellist Ginet Rougeot, the French violinists Mathilde Heimberg and Lydia Bernardini, Abel Elías and others. On August 19, 2006, the orchestra was refunded by a merger of classical musicians from the Ensemble Ad Libitvm, the Camacho of Oruro and the Camerata Concertante of Cochabamba. Gordito Jesús
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    Silesian Philharmonic

    Silesian Philharmonic

    The Filharmonia Śląska w Katowicach (English: Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice) is a music institution in Katowice, Silesia, Poland. The Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice was founded in 1945. The first concert of the orchestra took place on 26 of May 1945. A mixed choir was added in 1973. The Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice has a well-established position in the cultural life of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union. Over the decades, the most renowned musicians performed with it, for example Witold Małcużyński, Igor Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Adam Taubitz.
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    The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle

    The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle

    The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) is an American amateur orchestra founded in 2008 by W. Sands Hobgood to encourage reasonably competent musicians who have been prevented from playing music together with others, either through lack of talent or some other factor, to rehearse and perform in an ensemble of similarly afflicted players in the environs of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina (USA) known as Research Triangle Park, or The Triangle. The mission of the Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle is twofold: 1) to provide a unique opportunity for musicians in the Triangle who want to play music with a group, regardless of their level of talent; and 2) to attract an audience of all manner of listeners from the entire community - who may never otherwise be lured inside a symphonic concert hall - to come along and enjoy a both cultural and entertaining show... Founder W. Sands Hobgood is also the conductor (music) of the Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle and the My Strow uses the term "Culturtainment" to describe the unique and often zany nature of the orchestra's performances. The orchestra's somewhat bizarre antics include having
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    Basel Sinfonietta

    Basel Sinfonietta

    The Basel Sinfonietta is a Swiss orchestra, founded in 1980 in Basel. The basel sinfonietta was founded in 1980 by a group of young musicians with the goal of bringing exciting new combinations of contemporary music and works both familiar and unknown to an audience enthusiastic for unusual sounds and open to experimentation. With its unconventional, provocative approach, this large symphony orchestra has achieved a considerable international reputation. In its relatively short history, the basel sinfonietta has also carried out numerous performances with dancers, jazz musicians, cabarettists and choral groups in addition to complex projects incorporating, for instance, silent movies and multimedia. Now in its 30th season, the orchestra has presented more than 50 world premieres, many of them commissioned by the orchestra itself. The basel sinfonietta is the only Swiss orchestra to have been invited four times to participate in the famous Austrian "Salzburger Festspiele". Furthermore, the basel sinfonietta has been invited to other renowned festivals, such as Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Lucerne Festival, Biennale di Venezia, Musica Strasbourg, Festival d’Automne
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    Beijing Symphony Orchestra

    Beijing Symphony Orchestra

    Beijing Symphony Orchestra (Simplified Chinese: 北京交响乐团), founded in 1977, is a classical orchestra in based in Beijing, China. One of its best-known performances was an unfolding of Chinese history and culture performed at Badaling in the Great Wall which was transmitted internationally via satellite.
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    Lamoureux Orchestra

    Lamoureux Orchestra

    The Orchestre Lamoureux (pronounced: [ɔʁ.kɛstʁ la.mu.ʁø]) officially known as the Société des Nouveaux-Concerts and also known as the Concerts Lamoureux) is an orchestral concert society which once gave weekly concerts by its own orchestra, founded in Paris by Charles Lamoureux in 1881. It has played an important role in French musical life, including giving the premieres of Debussy's Nocturnes (1900 and 1901) and La mer (1905).
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    St Augustine Chamber Orchestra

    St Augustine Chamber Orchestra

    The St Augustine Chamber Orchestra, commonly known by its acronym, SACO is a chamber orchestra residing in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. SACO was founded by Kenneth Listhrop, Conductor and Music Director who is also a licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London (L.R.S.M), with an advanced certificate in violin performance. SACO currently consists of approximately 120 young musicians who play violin, viola, cello and double bass as well as another hundred youngsters who comprise the junior and intermediate orchestras. Annually, SACO puts on 3 performances at Queen's Hall and other venues in Trinidad. The St. Augustine Chamber Orchestra (SACO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to music education and performance excellence among the youth of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Kenneth Listhrop, music educator and conductor, founded the organization in 1999. From its humble beginnings with just one student Ms. Celeste Jules (Attorney at Law) the organization has grown into a group of approximately two hundred students consisting of three major divisions, a children’s orchestra junior and intermediate orchestra, and an advanced youth orchestra. Mr. Kenneth Listhrop (M.Ed) was a
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    CBC Radio Orchestra

    The CBC Radio Orchestra was a Canadian orchestra based in Vancouver, British Columbia, that was operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Until the early 1980s CBC had a number of orchestras located in Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax but due to federal government budget cuts they were eliminated and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra was promoted to national status. It changed names in 2000 to reflect its status as the CBC's only broadcast orchestra; the last radio orchestra in North America. The orchestra was founded in 1938 under the name the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. A predecessor of the CBC, the Canadian National Railway Radio network also had a radio orchestra. The Canadian National Railway Radio Orchestra was conducted by Henri Miro in 1931-32. Over the years guest conductors have included Raffi Armenian, Kees Bakels, Michel Corboz, Victor Feldbrill, Serge Garant, Monica Huggett, Milton Katims, Gary Kulesha, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Ettore Mazzoleni, Geoffrey Moull, Harry Newstone, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap Schroeder, Georg Tintner, Owen Underhill, Heinz Unger, and Jon Washburn. Most of Canada's leading concert artists have appeared as soloists. The orchestra
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    Kings Chamber Orchestra

    Kings Chamber Orchestra

    The King's Chamber Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra based in the United Kingdom. Formed in 1985 by Gerard Le Feuvre, it performs many times throughout the year in London, the Home Counties, and Jersey. Originally performing as a symphony orchestra, regular concerts as a chamber orchestra began in the 1990s to support the Christian charitable work of Youth With A Mission. Consequently the orchestra's first series in the smaller format were given at YWAM's beautiful estate in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The KCO's members are distinguished musicians, committed Christians, and friends whom Gerard has gathered together while freelancing with some of the finest orchestras in the UK, and who "share an interest in breaking down traditional walls for the sake of reaching a new generation." This is manifested in programmes that are diverse and unpredictable, including Teddy Concerts for younger children. During the last twenty years KCO has broadcast, recorded, and performed in a variety of venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to a number of more local venues. The KCO has recorded three CDs of music:
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    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; sometimes simply referred to as Gewandhausorchester) is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. It is named after the concert hall in which it is based, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. The orchestra's origins can be traced to 1743, when a society called the Grosses Concert began performing in private homes. In 1744 the Grosses Concert moved its concerts to the "Three Swans" Tavern. Their concerts continued at this venue for 36 years, until 1781. In 1780, because of complaints about concert conditions and audience behavior in the tavern, the mayor and city council of Leipzig offered to renovate one story of the Gewandhaus (the building used by textile merchants) for the orchestra's use. The motto Res severa est verum gaudium ("a serious concern is true pleasure", or "true pleasure is a serious business" – from the Roman author Seneca) was painted in the hall, suggesting the priorities of the sponsors. The orchestra gave its first concert in the Gewandhaus in 1781. The orchestra thus has a good claim to being the oldest continuing orchestra in Germany founded by bourgeoisie, while older orchestras were
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    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR; literal translation, "Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland") is a Swiss symphony orchestra, based in Geneva at the Victoria Hall. In addition to symphony concerts, the OSR performs as the opera orchestra in productions at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Ernest Ansermet founded the OSR in 1918, with a contingent of 48 players and a season of six months' duration. Besides Swiss musicians, the OSR players initially came from other countries, including Austria, France, Germany and Italy. Ansermet gradually increased the percentage of Swiss musicians in the orchestra, attaining 80% Swiss personnel by 1946. Ansermet remained the music director of the OSR for 49 years, from 1918 to 1967. A Swiss radio orchestra based in Lausanne was merged into the OSR in 1938. Subsequently, the OSR began to broadcast radio concerts regularly on Swiss radio. The orchestra had a long-standing contract for recordings with Decca Records, dating from the tenure of Ansermet, and made over 300 recordings for Decca, starting in 1947 with Debussy's La mer. The OSR premiered many works of the Swiss composers Arthur Honegger and Frank Martin. During the directorship of
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    Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

    Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1948, is one of the oldest and most famous orchestras in South Korea. Its first foreign tour came on a 1965 trip to Japan, followed by performances in Southeast Asia in 1977, the United States in 1982, 1986 and 1996, a 1988 tour of Europe before the Seoul Olympics that year, and a 1997 performance in Beijing. The Philharmonic is an incorporated foundation since 2005. Its current music director is Myung-Whun Chung. The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), which was founded in January 1948, has a longer history than any other Korean orchestra. In February 1948, the orchestra held its opening concert, conducted by Maestro Seong-Tae Kim. In October of the same year, the Seoul Philharmonic Society was formed to provide support for the orchestra. The society published the music monthly Philharmony in the following year. After a subscription concert in the Seoul Civic Hall on June 25, 1950, the orchestra had to suspend its activities due to the outbreak of the Korean War, but resumed performance with the name of the Naval Symphony Orchestra, just five months later, to soothe the broken hearts of Koreans during the war. In August 1957, the Seoul
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    Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra

    The Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (Catalan: Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, OBC; IPA: [urˈkestɾə simˈfɔnikə ðə βərsəˈɫonə j nəsiuˈnaɫ də kətəˈɫuɲə]) is a symphony orchestra based in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, founded in 1847 and devoted to opera and ballet, Barcelona has had several symphonic orchestras since 1888. From 1910 to 1924, a private-based Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona gave its concerts in the Teatre Eldorado, led by Joan Lamote de Grignon. After it, the city's principal orchestra was the Orquestra Pau Casals (1920-1936), conducted by Pablo Casals, and linked to the Associació Obrera de Concerts (Workers' Society for Concerts). After the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), both the orchestra and society were banned and Casals was exiled to France. In 1944, a new Barcelona civic orchestra - the current Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona - was founded with the name of Barcelona Municipal Orchestra, created by the City Hall and promoted by the Catalan conductor and composer Eduard Toldrà. Eduard Toldrà, through his leadership, helped to consolidate the orchestra's presence
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    Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik

    The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (also known as Tafelmusik) is a Canadian baroque orchestra specializing in early music. They often perform with choir and play on period instruments. The orchestra was founded in 1979 by oboist Kenneth Solway and bassoonist Susan Graves. Violinist Jeanne Lamon has been its musical director since 1981. The orchestra has 19 full-time members who specialize in historical performance and technique, with additional musicians joining the ensemble when required. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the orchestra. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts for its subscription season at its home venue in Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, a historic church in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, with selected performances at the George Weston Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the Arts. They have also collaborated with Opera Atelier. Its annual Messiah and Sing Along Messiah have become very popular events during Toronto's Christmas season. The orchestra tours about twelve weeks each year across Canada, the United States and Europe. It has also toured in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong
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    L'Orchestra Di Piazza Vittorio

    L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio is a well-known Italian multi-ethnic orchestra that was created in Rome in 2002. It is also the subject of a 2006 film of the same name that was reviewed in the New York Times. The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio begins in the Esquilino neighborhood in Rome. This colorful and largely populated by immigrants area of Rome revolves around a square that is a hub for various cultures, sounds and musicians from all corners of the world: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as Piazza Vittorio. This Piazza inspired musician Mario Tronco, of the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel, and filmmaker Agostino Ferrente to reunite some of these extraordinary performers, each one unique in origin, instrument, and musical experience, in a group, or better an orchestra, that plays and reinvents music from all over the world with an energy that audiences take away with them after each concert. The project was carried out through Apollo 11, a community organization founded in 2001 by Tronco, Ferrente, and other artists and volunteers with the goal of rescuing the Apollo, a vintage movie theater, from being turned into a bingo hall. The documentary L'Orchestra di Piazza
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    Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra

    The Symphony Orchestra at The University of Southern Mississippi is the oldest orchestra in Mississippi. Established in 1920, it has been under the direction of music director Jay Dean since 1988. The orchestra is part of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music. The orchestra is a well-established band in the state and region and has performed with internationally known artists such as tenor Plácido Domingo; violinist Itzhak Perlman; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; flutist Sir James Galway; bassist Edgar Meyer; trumpeter/conductor Doc Severinsen; singer Ray Charles; pianist John Browning; flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal; and soprano Denyce Graves. Guest conductors have included Leonard Slatkin and Louis Lane. The Symphony has more than 13 countries represented by its students. In addition to the musicians who comprise the performing ensembles, the symphony has one of the largest and most professionally designed collegiate orchestra staffs in the country. During the academic year, the orchestra rehearses four times a week and presents an average of eight public performances each season. These performances range from regular symphony concerts to children's concerts, operas, ballets, and
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    West-Eastern Divan

    West-Eastern Divan

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a youth orchestra based in Seville, Spain, consisting of musicians from countries in the Middle East, of Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian and Spanish background. The Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-American academic Edward Said founded the orchestra in 1999, and named the ensemble after an anthology of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The first orchestra workshop was in Weimar, Germany, in 1999, after the organisation had received over 200 applications from Arab music students. Daniel Barenboim has also expressed interest in musicians from Iran (a non-Arab country but in conflict with Israel) and three Iranian musicians are to play in the orchestra each year. The aim of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is to promote understanding between Israelis and Palestinians and pave the way for a peaceful and fair solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Barenboim himself has spoken of the ensemble as follows: "The Divan is not a love story, and it is not a peace story. It has very flatteringly been described as a project for peace. It isn't. It's not going to bring peace, whether
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    American Symphony Orchestra

    The American Symphony Orchestra is a New York-based American orchestra founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski whose mission is to demystify orchestral music and make it accessible and affordable for all audiences. Leon Botstein is the orchestra's music director and principal conductor. They perform regularly at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space in New York City, and are also the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Its concertmaster is Erica Kiesewetter. Stokowski was 80 years old when he founded the orchestra. He served as music director together with assistant Amos Meller until May 1972 when, at the age of 90, he returned to England. Following Maestro Stokowski's departure, Kazuyoshi Akiyama was appointed music director from 1973-1978. Music directors during the early 1980s included as principal conductors, Moshe Atzmon and Giuseppe Patanè. In 1985, John Mauceri assumed the post as music director. In 1991, Catherine Comet left her post at the end of her tenure with the orchestra and was succeeded by Bard College president Leon Botstein. Under music director Leon Botstein, the ASO has pioneered the concept of
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    Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (Turkish: Borusan İstanbul Filarmoni Orkestrası), also known as the BIFO, is a Turkish orchestra based in Istanbul that was formed by enlarging the Borusan Chamber Orchestra in 1999. It is funded by the Borusan Holding. The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra was founded as the Borusan Chamber Orchestra in 1993. This initiative by Borusan, a leading Turkish industrial group of companies, entering into the complex and challenging world of establishing orchestras, was based on its vision of helping to bring polyphonic music to a wider audience of Turkish people. This group rapidly grew in both number of musicians and quality of musical performance, so that it became a symphonic orchestra in 1999. That same year, Maestro Gürer Aykal was appointed as the general music director and permanent conductor of the orchestra. On 13 May 1999, at the Yıldız Palace Silahhane Building on the European side of Istanbul, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra performed its first concert and soon began offering concerts on the Anatolian side of the city as well. By the end of 1999, BIFO was performing two concerts per month, one on each side of the
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    Kanata Symphony

    The Kanata Symphony is a non-profit community orchestra, in Ottawa, Canada. Members are amateur musicians from all walks of life, from across the National Capital Region. The Kanata Symphony is a mid-size orchestra, and consists of all instruments typically found in a symphony orchestra: strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. The orchestra rehearses weekly from September until May. Since 1981, the Kanata Symphony has aimed at bringing music to the public at affordable prices. A typical season for the Kanata Symphony begins with a fall-time family oriented concert. The concert program is selected to entertain younger patrons with a diverse repertoire. The Kanata Symphony provides an evening of pops entertainment for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 638 annual Christmas dinner. The program may consist of marches, Johann Strauss II, French-Canadian classics, Leroy Anderson, and Christmas carols. The Winter and Spring concerts may contain full classical Symphonies, concertos, or overtures. Several times a year, the Kanata Symphony hosts an open house, where new members are encouraged to attend. In the interest of maintaining a balance, the Kanata Symphony may not be able to offer
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    Sinfonieorchester Basel

    The Sinfonieorchester Basel (Symphony Orchestra Basel) is a Swiss orchestra based in Basel. The orchestra performs symphony concerts at the Musiksaal, Basel. The orchestra also serves as the opera orchestra and ballet orchestra for the Theater Basel. The orchestra receives funding from the half-cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft. The orchestra was formed in 1997 from the merger of two prior ensembles, the Basler Sinfonie-Orchester (Basel Symphony Orchestra) and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Basel (Radio Symphony Orchestra Basel). Mario Venzago was the first chief conductor of the newly formed ensemble, from 1997 to 2003. Marko Letonja succeeded Venzago as chief conductor from 2003 to 2006. In March 2008, the orchestra named Dennis Russell Davies its third chief conductor, as of the 2009-2010 season, with an initial contract of 5 years. The orchestra has recorded commercially for the Col Legno, CPO, Novalis and Ondine labels.
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    Norrköping Symphony

    Norrköping Symphony Orchestra is a Swedish orchestra. It resides in the concert hall De Geerhallen, in the middle of Norrköping. Among its directors can be mentioned Heinz Freudenthal 1936-52, Herbert Blomstedt 1954-62, Everett Lee 1962-72, Franz Welser-Möst 1986-91, Junichi Hirokami1991-96, Ole Kristian Ruud 1996-99 and from 1999 Lü Jia. In the season 2007/2008 - Alan Buribaev from Kazakhstan.
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    Orchestra of the City

    The Orchestra of the City is based in London, England. Founded in April 2003, the Orchestra of the City consists of amateur but well-trained musicians, and plays to a high standard. It is a subscription orchestra and is run by a committee. The current Musical Director is Chris Hopkins, who took over the role from Ben Bayl in 2009. The orchestra performs large orcestral works with recent notable performances including the Premiere of Christopher Gunning's Guitar Concerto with Craig Ogden, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Guy Johnston, Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 with Andrew Harvey and Brahms Double Concerto with Andrew Harvey and Colin Alexander. The orchestra has also been used as a rehearsal orchestra for the likes of Hideko Udagawa and Nicola Benedetti. Future performances include Beethoven - Overture to Prometheus, Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' and Dvorak - Cello Concerto with Linda Lin.
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    Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra is an amateur symphony orchestra based in Sheffield, England. Formed in 1945, it performs a programme of music from the classical, romantic and modern periods. The orchestra is in a phase of development, initially under the baton of John Pearson followed by the Polish born Ewa Strusinska (deputy conductor of the Halle orchestra). In 2010, the music directorship passed on to Jonathan Lo who is studying conducting at the Royal Northern School of Music.The regular programme of symphony concerts is supplemented by music weekends, foreign tours, collaboration with local choral societies and open air charity concerts. The orchestra has established collaborative ties with music groups and musicians in Malta, Greece and Northern Sardinia. In the past, the orchestra has worked with the acoustic guitar player Gordon Giltrap and has commissioned a major new work from the English composer Christopher Brown.
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    Taipei Symphony Orchestra

    The Taipei Symphony Orchestra (台北市立交響樂團, as known as TSO(not to be confused with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), founded in 1969, is one of the leading orchestras based in Taipei, Taiwan. In these seasons, TSO works also with European Music directors and conductors, such as Reinhard Goebel, Martin Fischer-Dieskau or Maurice Steger. Under the direction of Felix Chen from 1986 to 2003, the Orchestra grew in size and strength, the number of orchestra members increased, and the length of the season expanded. He also broadened the Orchestra's repertoire by introducing new and unfamiliar works from all music styles and periods, while maintaining the highest standard of traditional classical music. For the 2004 season, the Taipei City Government nominated the well-known bassoonist, Chia-Chu Hsu as the General Director. In 1979, Taipei Music Festival, instructed by former Taipei City Mayor Lee Teng-hui, was created to promote cultural activity within the island of Taiwan. Over the years, the festival has been recognized worldwide for its successful performances and international roster of artists, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg
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    Toledo Symphony Orchestra

    Toledo Symphony Orchestra

    Toledo Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra in Toledo, Ohio. It's the biggest "musical resource for the region". They perform in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The orchestra regularly performs at the Toledo Club, the Franciscan Center, Stranahan Theater, the Toledo Museum of Art.
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    Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra

    Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra

    The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO), formerly known as the Ridgefield Symphony Youth Orchestra, is a not-for-profit organization providing young musicians in the Fairfield County and upper Westchester County areas with classical symphonic experience. The organization comprises three ensembles led by Petko Dimitrov (Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra), Suzanne Corey-Sahlin (Western Connecticut Youth String Orchestra), and Albert Montecalvo (Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble). The WCYO mission is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to develop their musical talents through education and performance, to foster an awareness and appreciation of the standard symphonic repertoire, and to provide cultural enrichment to the surrounding communities. Based in Ridgefield, Connecticut, the WCYO orchestras have toured in Sweden, Austria, and Paris, and have performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Auditions are required for selection into the orchestras. The WCYO was founded by Ridgefielders Gina Wilson and Carrie Moore in 2003 as the Ridgefield Symphony Youth Orchestra. Twenty-five young musicians were selected as members of the
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    Asian Youth Orchestra

    The Asian Youth Orchestra was founded by Yehudi Menuhin & Richard Pontzious. Their inaugural concerts were conducted in August 1990 by Yehudi Menuhin. Sergiu Comissiona is their conductor laureate and Richard Pontzious, artistic director and conductor. James Judd is their principal conductor The 100 members of the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) are pre-professional musicians in China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Chosen through highly competitive auditions held throughout the region, they are together for six weeks each summer, initially for a three-week Summer Festival and Rehearsal Camp in Hong Kong, then for a three-week international concert tour with celebrated conductors and solo artists. Cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Wang Jian and Alisa Weilerstein, violinists Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham, Elmar Oliveira, Young Uck Kim, Suwanai Akiko and Cho-Liang Lin, soprano Elly Ameling, pianists Alicia de Larrocha, Cecile Licad, Leon Fleisher, the Beaux Arts Trio and trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger are among those who have performed with AYO. Conductors include Sergiu Comissiona, Alexander Schneider, Tan Dun,
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    Belgium National Orchestra

    The Nationaal Orkest van België (NOB, Flemish) or Orchestre National de Belgique (ONB, French) is the oldest of two major orchestras now in Belgium, along with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège. The Orchestra was founded in 1931 by Désiré Defauw as the Brussels Symphony Orchestra, and later reorganized in 1936 into it present form. With its base in the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels and subsidized by the Belgian government, the ONB performs 70 concerts each season in Belgium and abroad, employing 96 musicians. It specializes in the music of the 19th and 20th centuries and film scores. In 2003, contestants in the final round of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition were accompanied by the orchestra, under the direction of Gilbert Varga. Prior to the 1958 appointment of André Cluytens as its music director and permanent conductor, the NOB worked with various conductors including Karl Böhm, Désiré Defauw, Erich Kleiber, and Pierre Monteux. The orchestra's current music director is Walter Weller, since 2007. He is scheduled to step down from the post in 2012 and to take the title of Honorary Conductor. In September 2010, the NOB announced the appointment of Andrey Boreyko as its
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    George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra

    George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra

    The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra is a musical institution of Romania. Founded in 1886, under the supervision of Eduard Wachman, the Romanian Philharmonic Society had as purpose the creation of a permanent symphonic orchestra in Bucharest. By December of the same year, its first concert took place. Once that the palace of the Romanian Athenaeum was inaugurated on March 5, 1889, the concerts of the society started to take place in that location, as they do to this day. Wachman, who conducted the first permanent orchestra until 1907, was followed by Dimitrie Dinicu (1868-1936), and himself was followed as the principal conductor starting from 1920, by George Georgescu (student of Arthur Nikisch and Richard Strauss). During this time, the repertoaire of the orchestra was greatly enlarged, and the Philharmonic entered the international scene. Meanwhile, great musical personalities of the inter-war period, such as Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinsky, Enrico Mainardi, Alfred Cortot, Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss, Yehudi Menuhin or Herbert von Karajan, played in Bucharest with the orchestra. After World War II, the institution diversified its activity by creating the
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    Niš Symphony Orchestra

    Niš Symphony Orchestra

    The Niš Symphony Orchestra (Serbian: Нишки симфонијски оркестар / Niški simfonijski orkestar) is an orchestra based in the city of Niš, Serbia. It was the first orchestra to be based outside of the capital Belgrade and is therefore highly valued.
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    Oslo Sinfonietta

    The Oslo Sinfonietta is a Norwegian contemporary classical orchestra. The Oslo Sinfonietta grew out of contemporary music circles at the Norwegian Academy of Music. It was founded by composer Asbjørn Schaatun and since 1993 it has been organised as a pool of musicians comprising approximately 40 performers from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian State Opera Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the freelance milieu. This open concept allows for a variety of instrumental combinations and choice of repertoire. Oslo Sinfonietta is meant as a forum for innovative music, showcases important works composed during this century and has commissioned and premièred a number of new works by both Norwegian and foreign composers. It has held a number of concerts in Oslo, is one of the founders of the ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and has made several tours abroad.
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    Sheffield Chamber Orchestra

    The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra is a standard classical orchestra based in Sheffield, England. Formed in 1950, the orchestra performs works suitable for Chamber Orchestra from the baroque to the present day. Each programme generally includes one 20th century or contemporary work. The joint conductors are Richard Howarth and Robin McEwan, and the leader is Ralph Dawson.
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    Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

    The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (東京交響楽団, Tōkyō Kōkyō Gakudan), or TSO, was established in 1946 as the Toho Symphony Orchestra (東宝交響楽団). It assumed its present name in 1951. Based in Kawasaki, the TSO performs in numerous concert halls and serves as the pit ensemble for some productions at New National Theatre, Tokyo, the city's leading opera house. It offers subscription concert series at its home the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall and at Suntory Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, and Tokyo Opera City (all in Tokyo). The orchestra recorded the musical score for the video game Star Fox: Assault.
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    新日本フィルハーモニー交響楽団

    The New Japan Philharmonic (新日本フィルハーモニー交響楽団, Shin Nihon Firuhāmonī Kōkyōgakudan) is a symphony orchestra based in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1972 with Seiji Ozawa as honorary conductor laureate. The Philharmonic's primary concert venue is the Sumida Triphony Hall. Since 2003, its music director is Christian Arming. Their video game performances include songs for the Super Smash Bros. Melee orchestral arrangement soundtrack Smashing...Live!, Resident Evil's music in Resident Evil Orchestra, orchestral arrangements by Kaoru Wada for the Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack, the music of Go Shiina from Tales of Legendia, and the first stop, Yokohama, on Final Fantasy's Tour de Japon. On May 6, 2009, the 5th Anniversary Monster Hunter Orchestral Concert took place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The orchestra is also known for their film soundtrack productions, notably Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, both soundtracks composed, arranged, conducted and performed by Joe Hisaishi; and a number of works for Neon Genesis Evangelion, composed, arranged and conducted by Shiro Sagisu. The orchestra also performed the film score for an English-language
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    Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

    Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

    As the professional orchestra of Alberta's creative capital city, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presents over 85 concerts a year of symphonic music in all genres, from classical to country. The ESO is composed of 56 professional musicians who perform 42 weeks per season, and play an active role in the musical life of Edmonton and elsewhere as performers, teachers and recording artists. Currently in its 61st season, the ESO also performs as the orchestra for Edmonton Opera and Alberta Ballet productions, and its recordings are regularly heard across Canada on CBC Radio 2. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was initially formed as Edmonton's community orchestra and gave its first concert on November 14, 1920. The orchestra suspended operations in 1932, but was revived on October 31, 1952, when it was incorporated as a registered not-for-profit organization (the Edmonton Symphony Society), and gave its first performance on November 30, 1952. It made the transition to a fully professional orchestra in 1971. Today the ESO's budget is over $8 million. It is debt-free, and its players are the highest paid Canadian orchestral musicians west of Toronto. Music and Artistic
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    Zurich Symphony Orchestra

    Symphonisches Orchester Zürich (Zurich Symphony Orchestra) (S-O-Z) is a symphony orchestra made of up 72 professional freelance musicians, based in Zurich, Switzerland. It was founded in 1981 by its current music director, Daniel Schweizer. S-O-Z performs approximately thirty-five concerts per year, with the Tonhalle as its resident concert hall. Among the soloist the orchestra has performed with are Brigitte Farner, Michiko Tsuda, Nina Karmon, Lynnette Seah, Ulrich Meldau, Raffael Gintoli, Oswaldo Souza and Michael Erni. The orchestra has toured Singapore, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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    Camerata of London

    Camerata of London is a modern-instrument chamber orchestra with a repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the contemporary music. Camerata of London has performed in London venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John's, Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James's Church, Piccadilly, Fairfield Halls, and in community halls and churches throughout the Southeast of England.
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    Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra (大阪フィルハーモニー交響楽団, Ōsaka Firuhāmonī Kōkyō Gakudan) is a classical orchestra based in Osaka, Japan. Founded in 1947 as the Kansai Symphony Orchestra, it took its current name in 1960. Founder Takashi Asahina conducted the orchestra for 55 years from its creation until 2001.
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    Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is a Canadian orchestra based in Toronto, Ontario. The TSO was founded in 1922 as the New Symphony Orchestra, and gave its first concert at Massey Hall in April 1923. The orchestra changed its name to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1927. The TSO continued to give regular concerts at Massey Hall from 1923 to 1982. Currently, TSO performances are held in Roy Thomson Hall. Andrew Davis was the TSO's music director from 1975 to 1988, and is currently the orchestra's conductor laureate. The current TSO music director is Peter Oundjian, who was appointed to the post in January 2003 and formally became music director with the 2004-2005 season. In February 2007, Oundjian extended his contract with the TSO to 2012. The orchestra had financial and audience size problems before the appointment of Oundjian as its music director. In 1992, TSO musicians had accepted a 16% pay cut because of a threat of bankruptcy to the orchestra, with a promise from management to make up the loss in subsequent contract negotiations. By 1999, this pay restoration had not happened, which led to an 11-week musicians' strike that autumn. Relations between the musicians and
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    NHK Symphony Orchestra

    NHK Symphony Orchestra

    The NHK Symphony Orchestra (NHK交響楽団, NHK Kōkyō Gakudan) is a Japanese orchestra based in Tokyo. The orchestra gives concerts in several venues, including the NHK Hall, Suntory Hall, and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The orchestra began as the New Symphony Orchestra on October 5, 1926 and was the country's first professional symphony orchestra. Later, it changed its name to the Japan Symphony Orchestra. In 1951, after receiving financial support from NHK, the orchestra took its current name. The most recent music director of the orchestra was Vladimir Ashkenazy, from 2004 to 2007. Ashkenazy now has the title of conductor laureate. Charles Dutoit, the orchestra's music director from 1998 to 2003, is now its music director emeritus. Wolfgang Sawallisch, honorary conductor from 1967 to 1994, now has the title of honorary conductor laureate. The orchestra's current permanent conductors are Yuzo Toyama, since 1979, and Tadaaki Otaka, since 2010. Herbert Blomstedt holds the title of honorary conductor, since 1986. André Previn has the title of principal guest conductor, and is scheduled to relinquish that post in August 2012. In June 2012, the orchestra named Paavo Järvi as its next
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five". Founded in 1881, the BSO plays most of its concerts at Boston's Symphony Hall and in the summer performs at the Tanglewood Music Center. The most recent music director, James Levine, stepped down from his position as of September 2011, due to ill health. The orchestra was founded in 1881 by Henry Lee Higginson. Its first conductor was George Henschel, who was a noted baritone as well as conductor, and a close friend of Johannes Brahms. For the orchestra, Henschel devised innovative orchestral seating charts and sent them to Brahms, who replied approvingly and commented on the issues raised by horn and viola sections in a letter of mid-November 1881 . The orchestra's four subsequent music directors were all trained in Austria, including the seminal and highly influential Hungarian-born conductor Arthur Nikisch, in accordance with the tastes of Higginson. Wilhelm Gericke served twice, from 1884 to 1889 and again from 1898, to 1906. According to Joseph Horowitz's review of correspondence, Higginson considered 25
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    Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra (also called Cleveland Philharmonic) is an American orchestra based in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded in 1938 and its current music director (since 2007) is Victor H. Liva. The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra which was founded in 1938 by three Cleveland area musicians — bass clarinetist Alfred Zetzer, oboist Robert Zupnik, and cellist Irving Klein — who all went on to professional careers. Initially, the orchestra was formed as a young people's symphony, to give concerts and to serve as a training ground for those who were interested in professional careers as orchestra musicians. The Orchestra comprises about 60 musicians and performs six concerts each season at Cuyahoga Community College Metro, Parma, and Highland Hills campuses. A modest ticket price enables families and seniors to afford programs which are comparable to the quality of significantly more expensive offerings. The Cleveland Philharmonic's current Music Director, Victor H. Liva, begins his first season with the orchestra as it celebrates the 70th concert season in 2007-2008. The Philharmonic has traditionally presented outstanding Cleveland area
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    Dubai Chamber Orchestra

    The Dubai Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra founded in the summer of 2002 by Philip Cree, Linda Brentano and a group of players, all resident in the UAE. Comprising many nationalities and employed in a variety of professions, the musicians meet regularly to rehearse in their free time. The orchestra aims to give three to four public performances a year, including works featuring different soloists from within the orchestra. The number of members has varied considerably since the first concerts in March 2003. There are currently around twenty-six players from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Netherlands, India, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Syria, UK, UAE and the USA. Over the past few seasons the orchestra has put on performances of rarely heard works from the Baroque and early classical periods, including symphonies by Carl Stamitz, CPE Bach, William Boyce and François-Joseph Gossec.
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    Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

    Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

    The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (Hebrew: התזמורת הסימפונית ירושלים, רשות השידור, ha-Tizmoret ha-Simfonit Yerushalayim Rashut ha-Shidur) is a major orchestra of Israel. Since the 1980s, the JSO has been based in the Henry Crown Symphony Hall, part of the Jerusalem Theater complex. The orchestra traces its origins to the national radio orchestra founded in the 1940s as the Kol Israel Orchestra. It acquired its present form (and name) after expanding in the 1970s. Since its foundation, the Orchestra has prided itself on having an extensive repertoire, which not only revisits the masterpieces at the core of the classical canon, but also promotes the work of more recent composers from Israel and abroad. In a home town concert in 2000, the Jerusalem Symphony cooperated with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lorin Maazel to give the premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's seventh symphony, The Seven Gates of Jerusalem, which had been commissioned to conclude the Jerusalem 3000 celebrations. This highly acclaimed performance was repeated by the two orchestras in Munich later that year to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the German
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    Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra

    The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) is a high-level orchestral training programme for musicians aged 22 and under, based in Toronto, Canada. TSYO alumni are found in most major performing organization in Canada, and many have embarked on solo and chamber music careers worldwide. Alain Trudel conducted the orchestra from 2004-2012, and has since been replaced by TSO Resident Conductor Shalom Bard. Founded in 1974 by Victor Feldbrill, the TSYO has had a close partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years. A collaborative on-stage performance named "Side-by-Side" is held annually at Roy Thomson Hall. Additionally, all TSYO members are encouraged to compete in an annual concerto competition. The prize of this competition is the opportunity to perform a solo with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Through their affiliation with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the TYSO has worked with world-renowned guest artists and conductors. Guests include Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Emmanuel Pahud, Richard Stolzman, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Gunther Herbig, and Sir Andrew Davis. The youth orchestra has toured extensively within Canada and abroad. In 1999, the TSYO
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    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in German Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is the internationally renowned orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio), based in Munich, Germany. It is one of the three principal orchestras in the city of Munich, along with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra. Its primary concert venues are the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residenz. The orchestra was founded in 1949, with members of an earlier radio orchestra in Munich as the core personnel. Eugen Jochum was the orchestra's first chief conductor, from 1949 until 1960. Subsequent chief conductors have included Rafael Kubelík, the longest serving of the orchestra's chief conductors, as well as Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. Since 2003, the orchestra's chief conductor is Mariss Jansons. His current contract with the orchestra is through August 2015. The orchestra participates in the "Musica Viva" concerts, originally founded by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann, to this day. The orchestra received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony. It was
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    Berlin Symphony Orchestra

    Berlin Symphony Orchestra

    The Konzerthausorchester Berlin is a symphony orchestra based in Berlin, Germany. The orchestra is resident at the Konzerthaus Berlin, designed by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The building was destroyed during World War II, and was rebuilt in between 1979 and 1984. The orchestra was founded in 1952 as the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (Berlin Symphony Orchestra) in what was then East Berlin, as a rival ensemble to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra based in West Berlin. After German reunification in 1989, the orchestra was threatened with dissolution, but subscriber action maintained the ensemble. The orchestra acquired its current name in 2006. (This orchestra is separate from the West-Berlin based Berliner Symphoniker, founded in 1967.) The most recent chief conductor was Lothar Zagrosek, from 2006 to 2011. In February 2011, the orchestra announced the appointment of Iván Fischer as its eighth principal conductor, effective with the 2012-2013 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.
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    Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

    The Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra is a Turkish symphony orchestra based in Istanbul. Founded in 1945 as the Istanbul Municipality City Orchestra, its first principal conductor was Cemal Reşit Rey. In 1972 it became the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. Its current principal conductor is Erol Erdinc. Anatole Fistoulari, Aaron Copland, Rolf Agop, Mircea Basarab, Ionescu Galati, Tadeusz Strugala, Alexander Schwinck, Vladimir Fedoseev, Erich Bergel, Jean Perrisson, Cemal Reşit Rey, Hikmet Şimşek, Gürer Aykal, Rengin Gökmen, Demirhan Altuğ Igor Oistrakh, André Navarra, Leonid Kogan, Vaclav Hudecek, Tedd Joselson, Heinrich Schiff, Yehudi Menuhin, Luciano Pavarotti, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sabine Meyer, Gidon Kremer, James Tocco, Lazar Berman, Maurice Steger, Natalia Gutman, İdil Biret, Suna Kan, Ayşegül Sarıca, Ayla Erduran, Verda Ermen, Leyla Gencer, Suzanna Mildonian, Kostas Kotsiolis, Narciso Yepes, Ratimir Martinović
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    Scottish Festival Orchestra

    The Scottish Festival Orchestra is a Scottish orchestra, assembled from the leading professional orchestral musicians, which performs a wide variety of concerts. The administrator for all the orchestra's activities is independent orchestra contractor and professional freelance cellist John Davidson Recent engagements have included: A number of the orchestra’s string players also performed on stage with pop artist Rod Stewart, during his European tour and during 2007, performed with Smokey Robinson and Kanye West. In the recording field, the players have worked with a number of folk artists; the most recent being William Jackson and Caroline Lavelle.
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    Springfield Symphony Orchestra

    The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra based in Springfield, Massachusetts. It performs at Symphony Hall, a part of the Springfield Municipal Group. The Springfield Symphony (SSO) got its start when the conductor of the amateur Pioneer Valley Orchestra of Greenfield, MA, Alexander Leslie, decided he was ready to lead a professional organization. After gaining the support of the area cultural and business communities, Leslie began to assemble an orchestra based in Springfield, which had no professional orchestra. The SSO performed its first concert at the Municipal Auditorium in 1944. Its first performance was given great reviews and even recorded by the Office of War Information for rebroadcast overseas. The SSO has throughout its history support musical education programs in the Greater Springfield area. Today, the SSO is the largest symphony in Massachusetts outside of Boston. It consists of 80 musicians from the Pioneer Valley, Boston, and New York and usually holds as many as 150 performances as either the full orchestra or in ensemble formats. Its concerts are often broadcast over WFCR, the area NPR station. The current music director is Kevin Rhodes. It is the
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    Tehran Symphony Orchestra

    Tehran Symphony Orchestra (Persian: ارکستر سمفونیک تهران) was founded originally as "Municipality Symphony Orchestra" in 1933 by Gholamhossein Minbashian. The Orchestra in its modern form was founded by Parviz Mahmoud. During the years that followed, conductors such as Rubik (Ruben) Gregorian, Morteza Hannaneh, Haymo Taeuber, Heshmat Sanjari, and Farhad Meshkat took over as the conductors of the Orchestra. After the 1979 revolution many musicians of the TSO emigrated to Europe and the US. For some years Heshmat Sanjari and then Fereydoun Nasseri (timpani player) were the conductors.The current conductor of TSO is Manouchehr Sahbai. In the golden age of the orchestra, many notable musicians like Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern played with the orchestra. After the 1979 Iranian revolution clerics outlawed all pre-revolutionary music, hardline clerics say music comes between the faithful and God, and leads to an impure mind. As a result the orchestra faced its darkest age, playing only a few concerts in the decade following the revolution. The pressure caused the conductor Heshmat Sanjari a serious sickness, he died in 1995. The orchestra still plays concerts once in a while.
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    Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

    The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, or VYSO, is a high-caliber orchestra for the youths located in Vancouver, Canada. The VYSO operates out of St. James Community Square, 3214 W.10th Ave. Vancouver, British Columbia. VYSO is a non-profit organization that performs a series of concerts to raise money for various charity organizations. It is also aimed at educating and developing young musicians. VYSO participates in many local, national, and international festivals, and it usually represents Vancouver. Entrance to each of the four orchestras is through competitive auditions. The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by R. Cyril Haworth as the Vancouver Little Orchestra. It was originally directed by the students themselves until the arrival of its first music director, George Coutts. In 1938, the orchestra became attached to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and was renamed the Vancouver Junior Symphony Orchestra. In 1945, a reorganization resulted in the orchestra's independence from the VSO and was renamed the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. The VYSO is made up of four student orchestras, each representating different age groups:
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    West Australian Symphony Orchestra

    The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is an Australian symphony orchestra based in Perth, Western Australia. Its principal concert venue is the Perth Concert Hall. WASO also gives concerts in Mandurah at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. As of March 2012, WASO has a roster of 79 full-time musicians. The orchestra has an affiliated WASO Chorus. WASO currently presents over 170 performances per annum throughout the state. In the winter of 1921, weekly concerts by a Perth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Harold Betteridge and led by Lionel Hart, were advertised in the local newspaper, but the life of this group was brief. In 1928, many professional musicians who had supported the silent movies found themselves out of work, and under the direction of Harold Newton, formed the Perth Symphony Orchestra. The first performance by this group of professional players was given in the Queens Hall of the Regent Theatre. By 1930, the orchestra not only gave concerts in the Queens Hall but also presented ten subscription concerts in the Town Hall. Many of these concerts were broadcast over the radio station 6WF. In 1932, the Australian Broadcasting Commission was formed, and part of
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    Prague Symphony Orchestra

    Prague Symphony Orchestra

    The Prague Symphony Orchestra (Prague, Czech Republic, Czech: Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy FOK) was founded in 1934 by Rudolf Pekárek. In the 1930s the orchestra performed the scores for many Czech films, and also appeared regularly on Czech radio. An early promoter of the orchestra was Dr. Václav Smetáček, who, in 1942 became the orchestra's chief conductor, a post he held for the next 30 years. The orchestra has traditionally been known by the acronym FOK, standing for Film-Opera-Koncert, reflecting the orchestra's fields of activity as envisioned by its founder. When the city of Prague made the orchestra its official concert ensemble in 1952, it retained the acronym, giving it the official title Symphony Orchestra of the Capital City of Prague - FOK. The orchestra has travelled extensively in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and has recorded for many different labels. Since 2006, the orchestra's chief conductor is Jiří Kout. Since 1995 the orchestra has been part of several crossover projects, which aim to mix metal and classical music together. The most important are:
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    Houston Symphony Orchestra

    Houston Symphony Orchestra

    The Houston Symphony is an American orchestra based in Houston, Texas. Since 1966, it has performed at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston. The first concert of what was to become the Houston Symphony took place on June 21, 1913, sponsored by the Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg. Initially, the orchestra was composed of only 35 part-time musicians. Despite its small stature and budget, the orchestra and its first conductor, Julien Paul Blitz, enjoyed a good response and continued to perform. Blitz conducted until 1916, then Paul Bergé, until the orchestra disbanded in 1918. The orchestra reformed in 1930, still as a semi-professional orchestra, and gave its first full season of concerts the following year conducted by Uriel Nespoli. In the spring of 1936 the symphony society officially became the Houston Symphony Society. Ernst Hoffmann began his tenure that year with increased support from the Society and began hiring professional musicians. The orchestra continued to expand over the next several decades, and its first 52-week contract was signed in 1971. When conductor Leopold Stokowski invited noted African-American opera singer Shirley Verrett to
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    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), based in London, is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. It was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932 when he was approached by the rising young conductor Malcolm Sargent with a proposal to set up a permanent, salaried orchestra. Originally envisioned as a reshuffled version of the London Symphony Orchestra, Beecham and Sargent formed the orchestra after the LSO balked at weeding out and replacing underperforming players. Since 1951, the LPO has been based in the Royal Festival Hall. In addition, the LPO is the main resident orchestra of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The LPO also performs concerts at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne and the Brighton Dome. The LPO has made several video game and film soundtracks, of which the best known includes The Lord of the Rings film series. At the turn of the twentieth century there were no permanent salaried orchestras in London. The main orchestras were those of Covent Garden, the Philharmonic Society and the Queen's Hall; their proprietors engaged players individually for each concert or for a season. As there were competing demands for the services of the finest players it was an
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    Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston

    The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston is a musician-led American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts. Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1978 by a group of young freelance musicians who gathered around conductor and Harvard chaplain Larry Hill. Pro Arte is one of only four co-operative orchestras in the US. In 1994, the orchestra received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for adventurous programming of contemporary music. The orchestra is currently conducted by Isaiah Jackson.
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    Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (abbreviation – SSO), commonly known as the Sydney Symphony, is an Australian symphony orchestra based in Sydney. It has the unique privilege of having the Sydney Opera House as its home concert hall. The orchestra's current chief conductor is Vladimir Ashkenazy. His term will conclude in 2013, and David Robertson will succeed him from 2014. The Sydney Symphony is an icon of the Sydney cultural scene, performing around 150 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 350,000. The regular subscription concert series are mostly performed at the Sydney Opera House but other venues around Sydney are used as well, including the City Recital Hall at Angel Place and the Sydney Town Hall. The Town Hall was the home of the orchestra until the opening of the Opera House in 1973. Since then, most concerts have been taking place in the Opera House's Concert Hall (capacity: 2,679 seats). A major annual event for the orchestra is Symphony in the Domain, a free evening outdoor picnic concert held in the summer month of January in the large city park known as The Domain. This event draws audiences of over 80,000 and is a long-established part of the
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    Symphony Nova Scotia

    Symphony Nova Scotia

    Symphony Nova Scotia is a professional orchestra based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Their primary recitial space is at the Dalhousie Arts Centre's Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Symphony Nova Scotia traces its origins back to several different orchestras, including the Halifax Symphony (1897–1908, 1955–1968), the Halifax Sinfoniette (1947–1955), and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (1968–1984). Its current structure began in 1983 with 13 full-time musicians. Today, under the leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, it is the largest employer in Nova Scotia’s cultural community, employing 37 musicians and ten administrative staff, along with over 150 contracted artistic, production and technical personnel. It has won four East Coast Music Awards for classical music. The first recognized orchestra in Nova Scotia, the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, was formed in 1897. This orchestra, led by conductor Max Weil, reached a membership of 39 musicians and performed four to five concerts each season. The orchestra disbanded in 1908 with Weil’s departure. In 1947 another orchestra was created in Nova Scotia through the efforts of Walter Kaufmann and Alfred Strombergs as well as Mariss Vetra
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    The Jakarta Symphony

    The Jakarta Symphony began in the 1970s by musicians from the orchestra, Orkes Simponi Jakarta. The members were, Tony Suwandi, the late Embong Rahardjo, Suka Hardjana, Suwanto Suwandi, the late Sudomo, Nursyiwan Lesmana, the late F.X. Sutopo, Amir Katamsi and friends. Together with F. Kuswardianto, several other young talented musicians joined, such as Juhad Ansyari, Didiek SSS, Bambang Suardi, Erfy Larasati, Yunus, Gatot Soebiono, Noor Syamsi, Prima Muchlisin, Asmoro, Anna Prapti, Budi Soewarno, Irma Manurung, Juzan and Rahmat, Ni Gusti A.K. Kadensi, and Gatut Santoso. A number of works presented by the Jakarta Symphony are:
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    Ulster Orchestra

    Ulster Orchestra

    The Ulster Orchestra is a symphony orchestra based in Belfast, the only full-time professional orchestra in Northern Ireland. The orchestra plays the majority of its concerts in Belfast's Ulster Hall and Waterfront Hall. It gives concerts across Northern Ireland, including performances at the Belfast Festival, the Wexford Opera Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Since 1985, the Orchestra has been a regular visitor to The Proms. The orchestra currently employs 63 full-time musicians and 17 administrative support staff. The orchestra was founded in 1966 by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with Maurice Miles as its first principal conductor and with János Fürst as its first concertmaster/leader. Fürst later became the orchestra's assistant conductor. The Orchestra has existed in its present form since 1981, when the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra (BBC NIO) was disbanded. The Ulster Orchestra Society Ltd was then established (a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity) with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the BBC, Belfast City Council and Gallaher Ltd., and the size of the Orchestra was increased with
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    Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) (Armenian: Հայաստանի պետական ֆիլհարմոնիկ նվագախումբ) is the national orchestra of Armenia. It was founded in 1925 as a symphony orchestra of the Yerevan State Conservatory. Now it performs in Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan. Over the years, conductors Arshak Adamian, Alexander Spendiarian, Ohan Durian, Valeri Gergiev, Loris Tjeknavorian, etc. directed the orchestra. Since its foundation, the orchestra has performed most of the classical repertoire. Many famous artists as David Oistrach, Svyatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Geringas, Boris Berezovsky have appeared with the orchestra. Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky and others have conducted their works at the APO. More than 30 CDs have been released with the APO recordings.
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    Berner Symphonie-Orchester

    Berner Symphonie-Orchester

    The Berner Symphonie-Orchester (German; French: L'Orchestre Symphonique de Berne; English: Bern Symphony Orchestra) is one of Switzerland's major orchestras and consists of about 100 musicians. It was founded in 1877 in the capital Bern. Reaching beyond Switzerland from the 1930s, the fame of the orchestra later attracted guest conductors including Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Ernest Ansermet, Hans Knappertsbusch, Ferenc Fricsay, Rafael Kubelík, Günter Wand, Kurt Sanderling, Horst Stein, Yuri Ahronovitch and Eliahu Inbal. From 1990 to 2004, its principal conductor was Russian Dmitri Kitajenko from St. Petersburg. Previous music directors include Charles Dutoit, Gustav Kuhn, Paul Kletzki and Peter Maag. Andrey Boreyko, was as principal conductor from 2005/2006. As of 2011 Mario Venzago is the principal conductor. The Bern Symphony Orchestra gives around 40 symphony concerts each season. It also acts as the opera orchestra for the City Theatre of Berne.
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    Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is a Canadian orchestra, based in Calgary, Alberta. The orchestra gives the majority of its performances in the Jack Singer Concert Hall of the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. It is also the orchestra for the Calgary Opera and Alberta Ballet Company. The Orchestra has a relatively short history, which began in 1910 with the founding of the First Calgary Symphony by violinist A.P. Howell. In 1947 the New Calgary Symphony was formed by Clayton Hare with members of the Mount Royal Orchestra and the previous Calgary Symphony. In 1955, the Dutch conductor Henry Plukker created the Alberta Philharmonic, which in the same year merged with the Calgary Symphony. A new name, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra was chosen. Prelude, the orchestra's program magazine, began publication in October 1975 and continues to be their official concert programme. The Orchestra often features the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, a chorus of over 100 members. On average the CPO performs over 65 concerts per season to over 100,000 people in Calgary and surrounding area. In 2001, management of the orchestra initiated a lockout and salaries of the players were cut by an
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    Cleveland Orchestra

    Cleveland Orchestra

    The Cleveland Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is one of the five American orchestras informally referred to as the "Big Five". Founded in 1918, the orchestra plays most of its concerts at Severance Hall. The music director is Franz Welser-Möst. The orchestra was founded in 1918 by Adella Prentiss Hughes, with Nikolai Sokoloff as its principal conductor. From early in its existence, it toured throughout the eastern United States, made radio broadcasts, and recorded many albums. Subsequent principal conductors, with the title of Music Director, were Artur Rodziński (1933–1943), Erich Leinsdorf (1943–1944), George Szell (1946–1970), Pierre Boulez (Musical Advisor 1970-1972), Lorin Maazel (1972–1982), and Christoph von Dohnányi (1984–2002). Franz Welser-Möst has been Music Director since 2002 and is contracted to remain through the 2017-2018 season. George Szell's long reign as Music Director has been largely credited for the orchestra's rise to eminence. He reformed the orchestra in the late-1940s, firing a dozen musicians in the process with a dozen more leaving of their own volition. Szell is also credited with giving the orchestra its distinct,
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    Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra

    The Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra (Turkish: Çukurova Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası) is a symphony orchestra located in Adana, Turkey.It was founded in 1988 after the Turkish Presidency Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul and Izmir State Symphony Orchestras. It performed its first concert on January 5, 1992. Its principal conductor is Emin Güven Yaslıcam.
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    Grant Park Symphony Orchestra

    Grant Park Symphony Orchestra

    The Grant Park Symphony Orchestra or simply the Grant Park Orchestra is a publicly sponsored symphony orchestra that provides free performances in the Grant Park Music Festival during the summer months in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. Its sister organization is the Grant Park Chorus; the orchestra and chorus hold both joint appearances and separate performances. The orchestra was founded in 1944 and the chorus in 1962. In 1944, the orchestra was formed under the direction of Walter L. Larsen and Chicago Symphony Orchestra manager George Kuyper. Rudolph Ganz conducted the first concerts. In 1978, when the Petrillo Music Shell was relocated, the Orchestra became part of a tradition of Independence Day Eve concerts accompanied by fireworks and attended by well over 100,000 spectators. Their rendition of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture marked the culmination of the event and was choreographed to be synchronous with howitzer blasts and a crescendo of fireworks. Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne wanted to put an end to the large Independence Day Eve concert in order to reduce costs and differentiate herself from her predecessors, but was convinced not to by Grant Park Music Festival
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    Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra

    Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra is an amateur orchestra based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. In 1862 the first (and only) orchestra in Huddersfield to achieve lasting permanence was established by Rev JH Thomas. Though there is clear, if sketchy evidence, to show that ‘ad hoc’ ensembles came and went in the town before that year, it was then that – ‘Mr Thomas’s Band’ was formed. Changing its name to the Fitzwilliam Street Philharmonic Society and then ultimately Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, a claim has been made to have had an unbroken existence over a period of 148 years. It has recently been possible to establish beyond doubt a matter previously disputed – exactly when the orchestra became the ‘Huddersfield Phil’. S H Crowther, in An Orchestral Centenary, his regrettably brief sketch of the orchestra’s history claimed 1871 as the date and the orchestra duly celebrated its centenary in 1971. However as R A Edwards later pointed out in And the Glory (his history of Huddersfield Choral Society) that this claim was simply inaccurate (Crowther had got a vital date wrong); and the society’s present archivist now confirms that it was shortly after Thomas’s
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    Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt

    The Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt is an orchestra based in Offenbach, Germany. The Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, established in 1996, is beside its work as a classical symphony orchestra one of the leading crossover orchestras in Europe. The orchestra consists of many experienced crossover musicians, led by their concertmaster, the violinist Ralf Hübner. Regular conductors are: The orchestra is organized as a GbR, with the two partners: The orchestra is located at Capitol Theatre Offenbach (www.capitol-online.de) The Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt has worked on various tour productions, CD, and DVD productions for example: Deep Purple, David Garrett, Ian Anderson, Orange Blue, DJ Bobo, Sarah Brightman, Chris de Burgh, Deine Lakaien, Hartmut Engler (Pur), Giora Feidman, Bobby McFerrin, Robin Gibb, Roger Hodgson, Howard Jones, Bobby Kimball, Klaus Lage, Udo Lindenberg, Nena, Inga Rumpf, Sabrina Setlur, Joachim Witt
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    New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

    The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) is the national orchestra of New Zealand. It is a crown entity owned by the Government of New Zealand, with 90 full-time players. The orchestra was founded in 1946 as the National Orchestra (by Oswald Astley Cheesman and others) and administered by Radio New Zealand until 1989, under the name of the NZBC Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation). It is currently based in the Michael Fowler Centre but frequently performs also in the adjacent Wellington Town Hall in Wellington. The NZSO has always had a heavy touring schedule within New Zealand. It performed in Christchurch as early as 1947. It performs its core series of 12 programmes in Wellington and Auckland, about half of those in Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin, and visits several provincial cities each year. It has several times toured overseas, notably in 2005 to the BBC Proms, the Snape Maltings, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the World Expo at Aichi in Japan. For a number of years, the NZSO had no permanent conductor, but has had chief conductors. Franz-Paul Decker was chief conductor from 1991 to 1996, the last conductor to hold this title, and now has the
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    Perspolis Symphony Orchestra

    The Melal Orchestra, also known as the Persepolis Orchestra, is a Persian symphony orchestra. Its chief conductor is Peyman Soltani. The orchestra is formed on the basis of the interaction between two musical cultures, namely Persian instrumental music and church music of the 18th and 19th century. The Melal Orchestra consists of more than 10 Iranian instruments and more than 10 kinds of strings and accompaniments from Europe. The Persepolis orchestra involves 70 instrumentalists (60 melodic instrumentalists and 10 accompaniment instrumentalists) and a chorus.
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    Queensland Symphony Orchestra

    Queensland Symphony Orchestra

    Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is an Australian orchestra, based principally in Brisbane in the state of Queensland. The QSO played its first concert on 26 March 1947, with the orchestra consisting of 45 musicians, conducted by Percy Code. John Farnsworth Hall was recruited from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as the orchestra's first chief conductor. The orchestra played concerts in various Queensland cities and towns, such as Innisfail and Townsville, travelling up to 3500 miles a year in the process. In 2001, the QSO was merged with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, to form The Queensland Orchestra (TQO). On 14 October 2009, the orchestra announced a reversion of its name back to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, effective in 2010. The orchestra is funded by private corporations, the state government and the Australian federal government through the Australia Council. Most of the orchestra's performances take place in Brisbane at three venues: In addition, the orchestra tours other parts of the state of Queensland regularly, including the following locations: The orchestra's discography includes Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and several works of Benjamin Frankel,
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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is a British orchestra based in London. It tours widely, and is sometimes referred to as "The Nation's Favourite Orchestra". The British Hit Singles & Albums noted that it was "formed in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, who wanted a first rate ensemble that would attract the country's top musicians." Since his death, it has come under various music maestros including André Previn and Louis Clark (who was behind its biggest sellers). In 1946, Sir Thomas Beecham founded the RPO, which played its first concert in Croydon on 15 September of that year. Beecham was the RPO's music director until his death in 1961. Rudolf Kempe, who became assistant conductor in 1960, became principal conductor in 1961 and music director in 1962. The RPO gave him the title of Conductor for Life in 1970, and he stepped down from the orchestra in 1975. Subsequent music directors and principal conductors have been Antal Doráti, Walter Weller, André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Yuri Temirkanov. Daniele Gatti was music director from 1996 to 2009. In 2009, Charles Dutoit became artistic director and principal conductor of the RPO. The orchestra toured the United States in
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    Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

    Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

    32°30′54″N 93°44′36″W / 32.514877°N 93.743233°W / 32.514877; -93.743233 Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is based in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish and the largest city in north Louisiana. Founded in 1948, the symphony remains the longest continually performing professional orchestra in Louisiana, despite a musicians' strike in October, 2008, which nearly terminated its operation. All performances of the orchestra musicians under the auspices of the SSO were cancelled for the 2008–'09 season, and for part of the season 2009–'10. Prior to this strike, the SSO had annually presented more than two hundred concerts, the majority of which were free educational events. In the fall of 2009, negotiations between the musicians and management of the SSO led to an interim agreement, which set the stage for a shortened season (from Jan. through May, 2010). Following the enthusiastic response from the community to this new series of concerts, a more permanent agreement was reached in July, 2010. Shortly thereafter, the orchestra announced the official concert schedule for the 2010–'11 season. The SSO belongs to the Louisiana Association of Symphony Orchestras (LASO) which was formed
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    Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Finnish:Tampere Filharmonia) is a Finnish orchestra based in Tampere. Founded in 1930, and maintained by the municipality of Tampere since 1947, the orchestra is currently based in the Tampere Hall. The orchestra collaborates with the Tampere Opera and Tampere Ballet and regularly participates in the Tampere Biennale music festival. In 1929, the Tampere Music Board decided to establish a local orchestra, and entrusted the task of assembling the musicians to Elias Kiianmies, who became the orchestra's first chief conductor. The ensemble, first named the Tampereen Orkesteri (Tampere Orchestra) and consisting of 34 musicians, gave its first performance on January 6, 1930 in the Tampere Town Hall. In the spring of 1932, Eero Kosonen became chief conductor of the orchestra, and held the post for a record 37 years. In 1947, the municipality took over the orchestra, renaming it the Tampereen Kaupunginorkesteri (Tampere City Orchestra). Under the new name, the orchestra gave its first performance on January 9. During the 1970s, the number of musicians increased to 59. In 1974, the orchestra released its first record, Kalevi Aho's Symphony No. 4. Since
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    Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) gave its inaugural performance at the Royal Thailand Navy Auditorium on 23rd June 2005, in a gala concert for the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Over its first 6 seasons the TPO has consistently impressed and inspired audiences with its excellent performances. Many highly regarded conductors have led the TPO including Gudni Emilsson, Claude Villaret, Shuchi Komiyama, Leo Phillips, Michalis Economou, Jeannine Wagnar, Dariusz Mikulski, Ligia Amadio and Christopher Hughes Soloists from around the world regularly join the TPO for performances and have praised the orchestra for its growth and development in such a short period of time. Those guests have included Jens Lindemann, Lambis Vassiliadis, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexandros Economou, Tomas Strasil, Reinhold Friedrich, Cristina Bojin, Karina Di Virgilio, Mischa Maisky, Yoon Jin Kim, Jura Margulis, Christopher Espenschied, Dimitry Ashkenazy, Ara Malikian, Serouj Kradjian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Lucia Aliberti, and Otto Schilli among others. The first International appearance by TPO occurred in October 2009 when the Japanese Association of Orchestras extended the invitation to perform at the
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    The Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is Scotland's national symphony orchestra. Based in Glasgow, the 89-member professional orchestra also regularly performs in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, and abroad. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company has performed full-time since 1950, when it took the name Scottish National Orchestra. It was awarded royal patronage in 1991. Shortly after the award it briefly used the title Royal Scottish Orchestra before reverting to its present name. Under its first Scottish-born, and longest serving conductor, Sir Alexander Gibson, the orchestra began to develop an international profile. In line with Gibson's own specialities, the orchestra became known for its interpretations of Scandinavian composers, notably Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. This was consolidated in the tenure of Neeme Järvi, who also led the orchestra through its first complete Gustav Mahler cycle. The second Scot to lead the orchestra, Bryden Thomson, maintained the Nordic link with a cycle of Nielsen symphonies. The RSNO's base is at Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow and is also used as its recording venue. The RSNO also performs throughout Scotland, at such venues
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    The Sixteen

    The Sixteen are a United Kingdom-based choir and period instrument orchestra; founded by Harry Christophers in 1979. The group performs early English polyphony, works of the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th century music. The Sixteen are "The Voices of Classic FM", TV media partner with Sky Arts and associate artists of the Southbank Centre in London and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The group promotes an annual series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as the Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of Britain's finest cathedrals: bringing music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen featured in the BBC Four television series Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale. A second series was broadcast on BBC Four in 2010. The Sixteen tour throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the Americas and have given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican Centre in London, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and the Vienna Musikverein. They have also performed at the BBC Proms and the festivals of Granada, Lucerne,
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    The Sydney University Symphony Orchestra

    The Sydney University Symphony Orchestra (SUSO) is the premier orchestra at the University of Sydney's main campus in Australia. SUSO was founded in 1948 as the "Pro Musica Orchestra" and is currently made up of around 70 musicians from all faculties across the university. SUSO has been conducted by George Ellis since 2006. SUSO's main sponsors are the University of Sydney Union and donations from the public. '¡Olé!- A celebration of Spanish music': Friday 20 April. Featuring guitar soloist Rodrigo Santibanez. 'If music be the food of love- A celebration of Shakespeare in music': Sunday 15 August. Featuring guest presenter Robert Alexander, Bell Shakespeare. 'A little lunch music- Mozart, Mozart and more Mozart': Monday 27 September. Featuring pianist Kathryn Selby. 'The Sounds of Triumph': Friday 22 October. Featuring ARIA award winning pianist Gerard Willems. The committee for SUSO as of 2010 is: Concert One: Sunday 24th May, 3.00pm, Great Hall AND Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm, Verbrugghen Hall Concert Two: Friday 21st August, 7.30pm, Great Hall Concert Three: Wednesday 21st October, 7.30pm, Great Hall SUSO has played repertoire from Mozart to Edwards and Sculthorpe. SUSO has also
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