This week: ICSOM takes Philly, more on troubles in Hartford, a Strad reclaimed, and more. Here are stories we're following...
US orchestras and the ICSOM Conference
The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) has just concluded its 53rd annual conference in Philadelphia, where Mayor Michael A. Nutter proclaimed August 26th "ICSOM Day". The Delegates also passed a resolution honouring OCSM on its 40th anniversary.
At the Grand Rapids Symphony (ICSOM's newest member), the contract expired August 31st, and musicians are leading a public campaign to bolster support, including lawn signs, an e-newsletter (subscribe here) and a free musician-produced concert on Sept. 8th, the Grand Rapids Press reports.
The Atlanta Symphony, which began last season in a tense labour dispute, is now well on its way to financial stability, ArtsATL reports. The orchestra is also working to restore its complement back to 88 musicians, from a low point of 77.
Another US orchestra recently in trouble, the Nashville Symphony, announced record fundraising and ticket sales for the past season, The Tennessean reports.
The Hartford Symphony is currently in a labour dispute - a situation covered with a flair for the absurd by Song of the Lark blogger Emily Hogstad, and more soberly by critic Steve Metcalf, in a recent WNPR News piece. OCSM Delegates also passed a Resolution at our recent Conference.
People and other items in the news
Quebec native André Gremillet is the new executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Plain Dealer reports. Gremillet previously directed the Melbourne (Australia) and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, and told the Plain Dealer that in Cleveland he hopes to "maximize the renaissance".
Victoria Symphony resident composer Jared Miller was profiled in the Vancouver Sun, as one of the young composers leading a "minor national renaissance" in Canadian symphonic music.
The Vancouver Symphony's first-ever Summer Institute at Whistler (VSOIW) has been deemed a resounding success, with higher-than-expected enrolment and large audiences, the Whistler Question reports.
A Stradivarius violin stolen 35 years ago was recovered last month, and returned to the estate of Roman Totenberg. The fascinating story was reported on NPR News by the owner's daughter, journalist Nina Totenberg.
And the New York Times reports on a new line of tuxedo shirts, making its debut in many orchestras this fall, which aims to be cooler, more flexible and breathable, using materials more commonly found in athletic shirts.
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.