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    I am curious to know if there are any orchestras/ensembles in the US/ROW that meet one or more of the following criteria below. I have googled these phrases and all that comes up are articles, but not actual orchestras/ensembles. Surely there must be some that exist that meet some of these criteria:

    • Performs works from only the 20th Century or later
    • Has an emphasis on performing works by living composers
    • Strives to perform works by women and/or underrepresented racial/ethnic/cultural heritage groups
    • Has a mission or strives to expand a broader audience outside of the typical upper class white demographic


    I would find it hard to believe that there's not one group in the world that meets one or more of these.

    These can be professional, semi, or community ensembles and it doesn't matter if concerts are free or not.

    Thanks for the help!
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    One case is the American The Women's Philharmonic, disbanded in 2004 and working to promote female composers; a branch of it, "Community Women's Orchestra", is still working
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wo...s_Philharmonic
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commun...%27s_Orchestra

    The Group for Contemporary Music, founded in the 60s, is maybe still existing:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gr...emporary_Music


    Elsewhere, very long ago, Persimfans was an experimental classical orchestra, working in the early, culturally experimental phase of the Russian Revolution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimfans

    Another obvious. moderns example advocating new music, but French, is the Ensemble Intercontemporain
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensemb...erContemporain

    There are many similar ensembles focusing on contemporary music; a couple of them up here in Scandinavia are
    Cikada Ensemble https://www.newaud.org/ensembles/cikada-ensemble
    Athelas Sinfonietta https://www.athelas.dk/
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    One case is the American The Women's Philharmonic, disbanded in 2004 and working to promote female composers; a branch of it, "Community Women's Orchestra", is still working
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wo...s_Philharmonic
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commun...%27s_Orchestra

    Very long ago, Persimfans was an experimental classical orchestra, working in the early, culturally experimental phase of the Russian Revolution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimfans

    Another obvious. moderns example advocating new music, but French, is the Ensemble Intercontemporain;
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensemb...erContemporain

    There are many similar ensembles focusing on contemporary music; a couple of them up here in Scandinavia are
    Cikada Ensemble https://www.newaud.org/ensembles/cikada-ensemble
    Athelas Sinfonietta https://www.athelas.dk/
    Thank you for this information, I will check these out!
    "Timpani.....this solo represents the nervousness of the people, not the nervousness of the timpanist."
    -Larry Rachleff to me during a rehearsal of Shostakovich Symphony No. 11, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp, Summer 1998

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