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Jon Dufort

China West Suite

(for Marimba and Piano) China West Suite is a perfect recital piece that explores a variety of folk songs from the China West region in four movements, each named for a different group of people. Marimba players will appreciate this significant new addition to their instrument’s catalog from one of the world’s leading composers. For […]

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Reports Operating Surplus

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) has reported an operating surplus in fiscal year 2019, for its third consecutive year. Total operating revenue was $29.5 million compared to operating expenses of $29.4 million, generating a surplus just over $100,000. Annual fund gifts exceeded $8 million for the first time in the orchestra’s 139-year history, and […]

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Houston Grand Opera Announces New Musicians’ Contract

In September, the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced a new contract agreement with its musicians, members of Local 65-699 (Houston, TX). The contract will be effective through fiscal year 2022. “Our negotiating team worked very hard to prepare and present a proposal that reflected the needs of our world-class HGO Orchestra,” says AFM Negotiating Committee […]

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2019 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees Announced in Nashville

The 2019 inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville have been announced, and nearly every name on the list is an AFM member.

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