Orchestra Digest: March 27th

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This week: OSM's deal with Decca, another look at audiences in Pittsburgh, and remembering Sam Denov. Here are stories we're following...

Recording agreements and a new summer institute
Decca and the Montreal Symphony announced a new 5-year contract, with plans to record two new albums this year, Gramophone reports. The first of those albums, an operetta with music by Ibert and Honegger, was recorded this month.

AFM President Ray Hair contributed a guest post to Billboard this week, objecting to an agreement reached between Naxos and Pandora, the streaming music service. As Hair notes, the announcement gave no signal that artists would be paid SoundExchange royalties due to them.

This year's inaugural Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler received a stronger-than-expected pool of applicants, the Whistler Question reports. The VSO Institute at Whistler takes place June 28-July 5th. 

Orchestral maneuvers
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's recent coverage of a Pittsburgh Symphony audience survey reached unfounded conclusions, according to a published response by musician, management, and board reps. The letter points out several significant strides in expanding the PSO's audience.

Last week the Winnipeg Symphony surprised visitors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with a flash mob performance of Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Global News reports. Global also posted a video of the performance, which took place in the Garden of Contemplation.

This Saturday the Windsor Symphony and choruses perform Richard Einhorn's oratorio Voices of Light, alongside the 1920's silent film classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, Our Windsor reports.


The opera world is mourning two singers who were among the Germanwings flight crash victims this week, The Guardian reports. Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner had just performed Wagner's Siegfried in Barcelona; Radner was scheduled to perform with the Canadian Opera Company next season.

Chicago Symphony percussionist Sam Denov played a major role in the history of symphonic labour relations, as the Chicago Tribune reports. Denov was an author, labour relations consultant, and a founder and former chair of ICSOM; he died this month at age 91.

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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