The Spokane Symphony is back to work -- catch its "Holiday Pops" next weekend. Bassoonist Luke Bakken (interview here) blogged about the labor dispute.
Composer Joseph Hallman (interview here) has launched a new website. His scores are available for purchase there, including Transfigured Carols, proceeds from which go to support the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Earlier this week, Joe was named "Composer of the Day" by Composers Circle; a recording of his beautiful cello sonata is streaming at the link.
Mezzo Shannon Langman is featured in this recent article about the vocal scene in Houston. The author says she has "imagination and gumption in spades;" check out our interview (if you haven't already) and I think you'll agree.