Orchestra Digest: March 16th

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This week: Canadian Opera Company visits Brooklyn, gala offers hope for NYC Opera, and re-thinking concert halls in London. Here are stories we're following...

London update

London's city council scrapped a proposal for a new concert hall brought by Music London, an organization associated with the now-defunct Orchestra London, the Free Press reports. A report by Toronto consulting firm Novita helped seal the deal, while also suggesting steps for a future concert hall proposal.

Operatic news and a season launch

New Yorker reporter James B. Stewart covers
recent contract battles and financial questions at the Metropolitan Opera, in an extended piece focused on the Met's polarizing general manager, Peter Gelb.

We don't usually post reviews here, but the Canadian Opera Company's tour to Brooklyn was covered by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times last week - and both agreed that its production of Handel's Semele with sumo wrestlers was a triumph.

An operatic gala last week honoring conductor Julius Rudel also raised hopes for a revived New York City Opera, the New York Times reports. Anthony Rudel told the audience that his father would only approve a tribute concert if it benefitted music and musicians; the gala raised $800K.

The Victoria Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary next season, with guests to include Yo-Yo Ma and the Naden Band, Victoria News reports.

Langrée extension, and Wallace Foundation studies audiences

Cincinnati Symphony music director Louis Langrée, who has only been on the job since 2013, received a vote of confidence when his contract was extended through 2020, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Paris native has led a new music festival and a popular One City, One Symphony project, which brings together classical listening parties throughout the region.


The Wallace Foundation, in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras, released two major studies on building audiences for the performing arts: Getting Past "It's Not For People Like Us" explores the Pacific Northwest Ballet's initiatives for young adults, while Extending Reach with Technology examines projects at the Seattle Opera. Both studies are available for download. 

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.

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