The League of American Orchestras’ 65th National Conference in Atlanta from June 15 to 19 will feature live streamed video, a first for the League. The conference’s entire June 16 opening session—an interactive town hall-style meeting debating the future of orchestras—will be streamed at the League’s new blogsite, including Ben Cameron’s keynote address, which launches this year’s conference theme, “It’s Time to Take on the Future.” At the opening session, online participants will be invited to weigh in with thoughts, questions, and ideas stemming from discussions that began on May 17 at founder/editor Doug McLennan will curate online participation at the site and at the conference. The blogsite and opening session are made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. During the conference, the League will also present the Helen M. Thompson Award, the Volunteer Council Gold Book Online Awards, and the Gold Baton Award; and conference host Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi’s Requiem and works by Michael Gandolfi, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, and Christopher Theofanidis. For more information on the conference and to register, click here.

Posted June 4, 2010