The fall arts season is underway, with good news for NYSCA grantees. Among exciting recent developments are a new orchestra contract in Buffalo, a new digital initiative at the New York Philharmonic and an expansion at Alvin Ailey. Read on to find out more:
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians
On Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert, it was announced that BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract. The contract was ratified by the musicians Thursday, the orchestra announced. The agreement is expected to be ratified by the BPO’s board later this month. The contract is the longest in the orchestra’s history. “The agreement provides for wage increases totaling 12.6 percent over the term of the contract. It also introduces fee minimums for solo and education work outside of the orchestra. It provides for continuation of musician contribution to health insurance and current plan design. And it introduces a peer review committee and process for dismissals for artistic reasons.” NYSCA supports the BPO through our Music and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
Hamlet’s Stars Share Meaningful Moments From Public’s Free Mobile Unit Tour
The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit has concluded its tour of Hamlet to New York City prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers. Among the cast’s responses: “At the end of our performance at the MDC Brooklyn prison for women: There was a lady who went around meticulously collecting the autographs of every performer. I signed in my allocated spot — the final piece of the puzzle. She took a long, quiet look at all the names, then pressed the program to her chest, smiled, and said, “Thank you.” As she turned and walked out that door, it dawned on me that this grateful, warm, enthusiastic woman was taking this program back to an audience of one — herself. I can only guess what that signed program means to her; a memory of the show, and the messages it contained; a reminder that she mattered beyond the four walls of her cell; one of the few highlights in an otherwise predictably monotonous schedule.” NYSCA supports the Public Theater through our Presenting and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
Grants will help preserve neighborhoods in Buffalo and Southtowns
Grants totaling $38,000 will help identify cultural resources and historic structures in neighborhoods in Buffalo, East Aurora, Springville and Hamburg. The New York State Council on the Arts and Preservation League of New York State will presented Preserve New York grants to Roycroft Campus Corp. in East Aurora for a historic structure report on the Print Shop to provide guidance on how to maintain the building; the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to complete a cultural resource survey of the Fruit Belt neighborhood to aid in revitalizing the neighborhood; Preservation Buffalo Niagara to complete a cultural resource survey of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood to protect the remaining cultural heritage of the area; the Village of Springville to provide documentation to expand the East Main-Mechanic streets historic district and prepare documentation for a West Main Street historic district; and the Village of Hamburg to conduct a survey identifying structures with historic significance in the West End.
Alvin Ailey Is Expanding Its Crowded Manhattan Home
The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation has begun a $25 million construction project to expand its Manhattan home, with new studios, classrooms and offices. “It will add 10,000 square feet space to the bustling center, and a new glass facade with an undulating pattern inspired by “Revelations,” Alvin Ailey’s signature dance. It is scheduled to open next fall, and will be called the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation Education Wing…The building is used by the Ailey School, which will be able to grow after the expansion; the Ailey Extension, which offers after-work and weekend dance classes to the general public; and for rehearsals by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and its second company of young dancers, Ailey II.” NYSCA supports Alvin Ailey through our Dance, Individual Artists and Special Arts Services Programs.
A Facebook First for New York Philharmonic: Streaming Its 175th Anniversary Opener
The New York Philharmonic opened its 175th season in a new way: streaming via Facebook Live. Featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” it began the season-long “New World Initiative,” inspired by citywide book programs. “As part of this season’s exploration, the orchestra is asking ensembles to play it, or selections from it, or reinterpretations of it. The Philharmonic will advertise their performances at newworldinitiative.com; invite participating ensembles to attend open rehearsals; and give them access to arrangements, marked conducting scores, and sheet music notated by Philharmonic musicians. More than 70 groups have joined so far, the orchestra said, including PUBLIQuartet, Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Bulgarian Children’s Chorus. The Philharmonic is also developing a curriculum exploring the work, including its African-American and Native American musical influences, and will present it to city music teachers in November.” NYSCA supports the New York Philharmonic through our Music and Arts Education Programs.
Come Check Out Our House, Metropolitan Opera Says
“The Met plans to throw open its gates and welcome visitors to the front of the opera house for free on weekdays beginning next month, the company announced Thursday. The plan calls for letting opera buffs and tourists give themselves self-guided tours of the front of the house. The visitors will be able to take selfies on the Met’s curving grand staircase or on its balcony overlooking Lincoln Center’s plaza and fountain, get a closer look at its famous crystal sputnik chandeliers, study the historical costumes that are on display and explore the exhibitions that the Met mounts on its lower level. The auditorium, where rehearsals are held onstage nearly every day, will be closed, but a large television monitor will show what is happening live.” NYSCA supports the Metropolitan Opera through our Music Program.