Orchestra Digest: March 6th


This week: The NY Phil renames Avery Fisher Hall, new seasons launch, and Dutoit's return to Montreal. Here are stories we're following...
 
 
New seasons, agreements, and names
 
This week brought new season announcements from the Vancouver Symphony (the Vancouver Sun reports) and Symphony Nova Scotia (the Chronicle Herald reports).

Symphony Nova Scotia also announced a new, 5-year agreement with musicians, the Chronicle Herald reports. The agreement includes incremental salary increases and a new, 2-week summer season, beginning in 2017.

The Regina Leader-Post and News Talk 980 covered the launch of the Regina Symphony's 2015-16 season, which will be Victor Sawa's last as the RSO's music director. Six candidates for the position will take the podium next season.
 
Avery Fisher Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic, will soon be named for David Geffen, the NY Times reports. The entertainment magnate donated $100 million to support major renovations of the concert hall.

The Musicians of Orchestra London continue to perform, most recently last Sunday with Ivars Taurins and the Amabile choral festival, the Free Press reported.


People
 
Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony will share a stage next season, for the first time since 2002, Global News reports. Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail wonders how many musicians would refuse to take part.

The Saskatoon Symphony has named Eric Paetkau its next music director, CBC News reports.
 
Sir Simon Rattle will be the next music director of the London Symphony, the Evening Standard reports. Rattle will take over in 2017, after a 15-year tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Another major music directorship is open, as Christoph Eschenbach announced his 2017 departure from the National Symphony, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Los Angeles Phil's star CEO, Deborah Borda, will take a sabbatical this fall to take on a residency at Harvard teaching cultural entrepreneurship, the LA Times reports.

And Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä spoke to MinnPost about Sibelius, the state of his orchestra, and their upcoming tour to Cuba.


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.