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  • Orchestra Digest: Jan. 30th

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    This week: Crisis averted in Fort Worth and Hartford; Thunder Bay Symphony seeks an assist from city hall; and downsizing Canadian journalism. 
     
     
    US news
     
    The Fort Worth Symphony narrowly averted a strike, signing a one-year contract this evening, the Dallas Morning News reports. Earlier in the week, musicians had voted to authorize a strike and rejected management's "final contract offer" of 8.7% pay cuts; the temporary contract will freeze 2014-15 wages and conditions. 
     
    Last week, Hartford Symphony musicians accepted a pay cut upwards of 30%, agreeing to a contract management said was needed for the orchestra to survive. WNPR commentator Steve Metcalf considers the challenges now facing the HSO in their attempts to rebuild. 
     
    The New York Philharmonic announced Jaap van Zweden (pronounced 'Yahp van ZVAY-den') as its next music director, the NY Times reports. Zweden, who currently directs the Dallas Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, will take over from Alan Gilbert following the 2016-17 season. 
     
     
    Canadian news
     
    The Thunder Bay Symphony's fundraising appeal extended to city hall last week, where board chair Paul Inksetter asked councillors to advance grant funds that would normally go to the orchestra following budget ratification, CBC News reports. Inksetter reported the orchestra was about halfway to its $225k fundraising goal. 
     
    Inside Toronto explores the curious history of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood, home to founders and leaders of the Toronto SymphonyCanadian Opera Company, and other major arts institutions. 
     
    The Winnipeg Sun posed 20 questions to Winnipeg Symphony music director Alexander Mickelthwaite to preview the orchestra's New Music Festival. 
     
    And Postmedia, Canada's largest newspaper chain, last week merged newsrooms and downsized its staff in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, the Globe and Mail reported. Cuts to the "mainstream media" impact all of us, the Globe and Mail's Marsha Lederman writes
     
     
    Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php. Visit OCSM on Facebook, or tweet us @ocsm-omosc.
     
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