WQXR Presents Roundtable Discussion "American Orchestras: An Endangered Species?" at The Greene Space on May 3

Kicking Off Live Broadcast Series From Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music Festival

Times are troubling for American orchestras: The Philadelphia Orchestra just declared bankruptcy. The Detroit Symphony is emerging from a bruising six-month strike. The orchestras of Honolulu and Syracuse folded in recent months. Music-lovers read the headlines and are left wondering: “What's the prognosis for my local orchestra?” But while many American ensembles face great challenges, a hopeful note can be found amongst those that are exploring new models of presentation, recording, and community engagement.

On Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, New York City’s classical station, will host a conversation entitled "American Orchestras: An Endangered Species?". Seeking to explore some of the vexing issues faced by American orchestras and to pose possible solutions, the event will be held at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR as part of its “NEXT New York Conversation” series. It is timed to kick off WQXR’s live broadcasts of Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music, a nine-day festival celebrating the innovative presentation and programming of seven orchestras from around the country.

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