Orchestra Digest: May 2nd

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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.
With their own city in crisis, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra showed the power of music to heal a community with a free outdoor concert on Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun and Newsmax report. Photos and reactions appeared on Twitter at #BSOPeace.

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.

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