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Music Director Riccardo Muti returns in September to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in two programs which open the Orchestra’s 2016/17 season (September 22-October 1).  

Read more: Music Director Riccardo Muti Opens
 Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2016/17 Season

Through the successful merger with its new parent company, Eastman Music Company, S.E. Shires has developed a more affordable class of professional brass instruments, named “Q Series” after Eastman founder Qian Ni.

Read more: The “Q Series” from S.E. Shires Co.


A statewide network of arts leaders and advocates met to help insure student access to music and arts education in Indiana. Led by a steering committee made up of NAMM Chairman Mark Goff of Paige’s Music, Mike Kamphius, managing director, division of education services at Conn-Selmer, John Wittmann, manager of education and artist relations for Yamaha, Lane Velayo, executive director of the Indiana Music Educators Association and Matt Carter, vice president of destination development for Visit Indy, the newly formed Indiana Arts Education Network (IAEN) seeks to aid in the organization of arts advocacy efforts in the state. 

Read more: State Coalition Forms to Advance Arts Education in Indiana

D’Addario announced that SJC Custom Drums will now exclusively use Evans Drumheads on all their custom-made drum kits shipping from their factory.

Read more: Evans Drumheads Announces Exclusive OEM Partnership with SJC Custom Drums

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) releases its seventh recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Schoenberg: Kol Nidre and Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti—in the United States via retail and online outlets on September 30, 2016. The new release becomes available internationally on October 7, 2016. The recording is also available now for advance orders on Amazon, iTunes and ArkivMusic.

Read more: CSO Releases New Recording by Riccardo Muti

D’Addario Woodwinds announces the rebranding of their Rico and Royal woodwinds products to include the “by D'Addario” endorsement.

Read more: D’Addario Woodwinds Rebrand Rico and Royal Product Lines

On September 22nd the D’Addario Foundation will host “Music Makes You,” a fundraising event in support of music education designed to bring music programs and product support to underserved children, nationally and globally.

Read more: D’Addario Foundation Fundraiser Event “Music Makes You”

A new 8-Part Series – Produced by Seven Bucks Productions & 44 Blue Productions – travels cross country to document the competitive world of drum corps international. Fuse announced that it will premiere the new 8-part half-hour docu-series Clash of the Corps on Wednesday, October 5 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Read more: Clash Of The Corps Docu-Series

Ten outstanding Music Academy of the West musicians have been selected to travel to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2017 to participate in the third year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, which offers opportunities to train and play with Philharmonic musicians, representing an innovative approach to training the next generation of world-class musicians for successful careers.

Read more: Music Academy of the West Musicians to Travel to New York for Global Academy Fellowship Program

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced today additional programming details for the Reykjavík Festival (April 2017) in Walt Disney Concert Hall, curated by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason and LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Read more: Details Announced for Los Angeles Philharmonic's Reykjavĺk Festival

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