Nearly 1,000 stakeholders from across the orchestra field will attend the League of American Orchestras' Conference 2015, May 27-29 in Cleveland
, marking the first time a League Conference has been hosted by The Cleveland Orchestra. Orchestra managers, musicians, staff, trustees, and volunteers will interact with experts from within the arts community and beyond, attending general and elective sessions, live performances, and social and networking events.
Jesse Rosen will address delegates during the League's Luncheon and Annual Meeting on May 28. Anne-Marie Soullière (Retired President, Fidelity Foundations) will receive the Gold Baton, the League's highest honor, bestowed annually since 1948 for distinguished service to America's orchestras. The event will also include a performance by American Idol Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle
, as well as the presentation of the Helen M. Thompson Award (recipient tbd), given to recognize Thompson's support and encouragement of promising music directors and managers early in their careers.
Conference delegates will have an array of musical, social, and networking events to choose from, including an evening performance on May 27 of the Richard Strauss opera Daphne by The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst (with soprano Regine Hangler, tenor Andreas Schager, tenor Norbert Ernst, bass Ain Anger, mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby, and Men of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus); a performance by CityMusic Cleveland, conducted by Music Director Avner Dorman, of Dorman's work Spices Perfumes Toxins on the evening of May 28 (with vocalist Heather Headley
); an all-delegate Tune Up Party at the Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art on May 27; and a social event for young professionals on May 28 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwclassical/article/League-of-American-Orchestras-Conference-2015-Set-for-Cleveland-527-29-20150504#