Jimi Hendrix. Kurt Cobain. Quincy Jones. In an orchestra hall? For his first season at the helm of the Seattle Symphony, music director Ludovic Morlot has commissioned works by three local composers inspired by the Seattle music legends. It’s one of many ways Morlot, who is also chief conductor of Brussels’ La Monnaie, is firmly rooting his new orchestra—and himself—in the Emerald City.

Also this week, we invite reader comments on a hotly debated topic: noise in the concert hall. And League President and CEO Jesse Rosen comments on the recent musicians contract agreement at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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BMI Reminder: Renew Your Symphony License

Broadcast Music Inc. has sent a reminder that BMI Interim License Agreements will soon be expiring. Those symphony orchestras that have not renewed their BMI Symphony Licenses are encouraged to immediately renew their licenses under the newly negotiated BMI License for Symphony Orchestras to ensure continued coverage for use of BMI music. To renew, visit bmi.com/symphony and click “Renew Your License,” then enter the username and password included in your last correspondence from BMI.

BMI will soon provide symphony licensees the ability to report, submit programs, and manage accounts online; instructions regarding online reporting will be announced in December.

Call BMI at 800-925-8451 or email from bmi.com/email with any questions.

Posted December 2, 2011