This week: Symphonic healing in London and Baltimore, Canada debates copyright and union regulations, and remembering a trumpet legend. Here are stories we're following...
#WePlayOn in London and Baltimore
Living up to their Twitter hashtag, #WePlayOn
, the Musicians of Orchestra London
continue to perform around the city, London Community News reports
. Their latest concert was An Afternoon at the Proms with guest conductor Eric Paetkau
As the London Arts Council
works to restore professional symphonic music long-term, IATSE stagecrew staff are feeling left out, the London Free Press reports
. LAC Director Andrea Halwa replied that a plan is being developed, and production details are still to come.
News from Parliament
In a report on the 2015 Federal Budget
, the Canadian Arts Coalition
expressed disappointment, particularly with the decision to keep Canada Council
funding unchanged. On the positive side, CAC pointed to $210m allotted for celebrations of Canada's 150th anniversary.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau
this week voiced opposition to Bill C-377
, calling it "a masterpiece of anti-worker sentiment", Huffington Post Canada reports
. The bill would place new financial reporting requirements on unions.
Industry groups, including Music Canada
, are applauding a proposed extension of Canada's copyright on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years; meanwhile, critics question its impact on the creation and consumption of media content, the National Post reports
Taps for a trumpet legend, and other news
Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig
, a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet and former principal of the Boston Symphony, died of a heart attack this week, the New York Times reports
. Mr. Smedvig can be heard on many recordings; he was 62.
The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra
celebrated its 40th anniversary last week, the Toronto Star reports
, and the young musicians had extra reason to celebrate, as TSO CEO Jeff Melanson announced that next season's fees will be waived.
And the Calgary Philharmonic scored with a serendipitous encore, as CBC reports, turning Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" into a hockey anthem as the hometown Flames finished off a victory in the NHL playoffs last weekend.
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.