John Philip Sousa's home
The last home of John Philip Sousa is on the market.
Situated on just over 2.5 acres on Long Island Sound, the 6 bedroom, 6 bath home was Sousa's home from 1915 until his death in 1932. The listing price is $9.45 million.
You can read more about it here.
While the Chicago Symphony is on strike, the Philadelphia Orchestra and its players have signed a new contract ahead of schedule.
This is not to say that the orchestra hasn't had issues in the past. In 2016 they declared bankruptcy, and there was a brief strike. But things now seem to be looking up for the ensemble.
The new contract is for four years.
A local article on the story can be found here.
Chicago Symphony goes on strike
The Chicago Symphony went on strike last night after contract negotiations broke down, and the musicians' current contract expired. At issue are pay increases that the musicians feel are less than those of comparable orchestras, and a change in retirement benefits.
Musicians are picketing in front of Orchestra Hall every day until 8 p.m.
A local story can be found here.
Philadelphia's WRTI, licensed to Temple University) is a mix of classical and jazz. They've made a conscious decision to do more live, local performances to build and keep audiences.
A local article about what they're doing can be found here.
The Tchaikovsky Competition has opened it's application window, but you'll need to act fast--the deadline for a preliminary video is March 15.
Details can be found at the competition web site found here.
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