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  • Orchestra Digest: July 29th

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    This week: The TSO signs a record deal, while the VSO plans a Whistler institute; Met Opera threatens lockout; and remembering Lorin Maazel. Here are stories we're following...
     
     
    New initiatives & a new hire
     
    A new Chandos recording contract will yield 3 new Toronto Symphony Orchestra recordings, a press release on Broadway World announced. The first record, featuring Sheherezade, was already recorded in a live concert in June 2013.
     
    The Vancouver Symphony will establish a new orchestral institute in Whistler, Pique News reported. The 8-day course will draw young musicians to study with VSO musicians. 
     
    Simon MacDonald is the new concertmaster of the Regina Symphony, the Leader-Post reported. MacDonald was most recently a member of the Winnipeg Symphony's first violin section. 
     
     
    Negotiations and financial news
     
    Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb warned last week that musicians, choristers, stagehands, and other workers would likely be locked out if a new contract isn't reached by this Thursday. The New York Times reported the announcement, which came in the form of a letter to employees.
     
    Met Opera Orchestra Musicians responded with criticism of Gelb, the NY Times reports. Both AFM Local 802 released statements on the possibility of a Met lockout and on the status of negotiations, which were scheduled to resume today. 
     
    The Hawaii Symphony signed a two-year contract with musicians, KITV-Honolulu reports, including two additional weeks; other details were not immediately available. 
     
    The Winnipeg Symphony admitted responsibility in a workplace accident two years ago, and will pay $5,000 in fines and victim surcharges, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
     
    The US Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation released findings, reported in New York Times, showing that many multi-employer pension plans (most often associated with unions) are severely underfunded. 
     
     
    Conductors in the news
     
    Rochester native Ward Stare is the new music director of the Rochester PhilharmonicCity Newspaper reports. Stare, 31, recently completed 4 years as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony.
     
    Laszlo Gati, former music director of the Victoria and Windsor Symphonies, died last week in Vancouver, the Windsor Star reports. Gati also performed as a violinist with the Montreal Symphony in the 1960's; he was 89.
     
    And many news outlets - including the New York TimesThe New Yorker, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - celebrated the career of Lorin Maazel, who died this month at age 84.
     
     
    Compiled by Matt Heller, Calgary Philharmonic and OCSM Past President. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php
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