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Harmony without Borders premiered at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach in September.

The event featured children from three countries performing together: students from the Imagina Symphonic Orchestra in Leon, Mexico, the Siman Orchestral Foundation in Miami, and the Pequenas Huellas cultural project in Turin, Italy. The concert was sponsored by Imagina Children's Foundation, which was originally founded as the Imagina Childrens' Library by Boca Raton resident Lulis Camarena.

Lake Worth live music venue the Bamboo Room as reopened. First opened in 1999 by Russell Hibbard and Karen McKinley, the venue closed from 2008 to 2011 due to the sagging economy, and closed again in 2014. The venue was sold in April to Ryan Mueller and Blaine Minton, who spent close to $1 million to purchase, license, and upgrade the venue.


BMI has collected $1.013 billion in revenue for the twelve months ending June 2015, a new record and up four percent from the previous year. BMI received around $100 million from digital sources, an increase of 65 percent from the previous year, and now accounting for 14 percent of BMI's total domestic revenue. Competitor ASCAP broke the $1 billion revenue barrier last year.


The Atlantic Classical Orchestra has announced the four finalists for music director, following the resignation of Stewart Robertson. The candidates are David Amado, music director of the Delaware Symphony; David Loebel, Associate Director of the New England Conservatory; Rei Hotoda, Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony; and David Handel, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony-Russian Philharmonic. Each will guest conduct a series during the 2016 season.

In just three years, the Florida Orchestra has raised $25 million as part of its Music for Life Campaign. The Orchestra, now entering its 48th season, also posted a budget surplus for the seventh time in the past nine seasons.

The Minnesota Orchestra has ended the season with a balanced budget. Over 7000 donors contributed to the orchestra, an increase of nearly 30 percent, and contributed income rose to $18 million.

The Atlanta Symphony has named Jennifer Barlament as executive director. Barlament has been general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2013. Prior to that she served as executive director of the Kalamazoo Symphony and general manager of the Omaha Symphony.

The Baltimore Symphony has received $6 million from the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. The donation will be used to support educational concerts, including concerts for Baltimore City schools students and side-by-side concerts with students.

Bard College's The Orchestra Now has welcomed its first 37 fellows. The Orchestra, conceived by Bard College President and American Symphony Orchestra music director Leon Botstein, is a training orchestra for pre-professional musicians. Fellows will be enrolled in a three-year master's program and will receive a $24,000 stipend and health benefits, in addition to free tuition.

The Metropolitan Opera will be making its subscription streaming service available through Roku devices. The $14.99-a-month Met Opera on Demand service offers access to 160 videos of operas, including the Met's Live in HD cinema series. Subscribers also have access to nearly 400 Met radio broadcasts dating back to 1935.


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