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November 17, 2014

Kang and Morales are Set to Solo

First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang and Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales. Two different musicians, two different instruments. As each prepares for solo turns with the Orchestra in the coming weeks, they face the same challenge: fitting practice time in among the demands of raising young children.

Kang, the mother of two daughters, eight and three, always finds time to squeeze in practice. But Mondays, when the Orchestra doesn’t rehearse and her children are in school, she can practice hours without interruption.

August 23, 2014

Nitzan Haroz Returns as Principal Trombone

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has made the first principal musician appointment of his tenure and it’s a welcome and familiar face: Nitzan Haroz has returned as principal trombone.

October 19, 2012

Greetings from Shanghai!

Hello from China, where I am presenting a new harp concerto with Tan Dun for the Shanghai International Arts Festival. This is not a conventional work and has the potential to globally galvanize women. Tan Dun has preserved yet another musical tapestry of his culture by sharing an ancient women’s secret language through the voice of the harp. From a remote village in his Hunan home, Tan Dun bonded with the last remaining women who practice this secret code, nüshu—“women’s writing”—a simplified Chinese script used exclusively among women, developed during a time in China when women lacked the same access to education as men. Messages written in nüshu along the folds of a secret fan or embroidered in cloth were the only means for a woman to communicate to her sisters. Through the feminine form of the harp this women’s secret society will be revealed.