Orchestra Digest: Election edition!

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This week: The election and the arts, Opera Lyra, #WePlayOn, and news from Philly. Here are stories we're following...
 
 
Vote!
 
Almost every angle of this election has been covered - though as Globe and Mail's Marsha Lederman writes, arts and culture issues have gotten little attention on the campaign trail. That's despite the many artists who spoken out on politics, often using #artsvote or #ImagineOct20th.
 
If you're still weighing your options, the Canadian Arts Coalition has assembled Federal Party Positions on Arts on Culture, based on a questionnaire that all but the Conservatives answered.
 
And the Toronto Symphony recently hosted a forum for candidates from the Green Party, NDP, Liberals, and Conservatives to answer questions about their policies and the importance of the arts to Canada.
 
The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt writes of the CBC: The election issue that wasn't (but should have been). While the parties have made their promises of financial support, there has been little talk about the overall purpose and role of the public media space.
 
 
Opera Lyra and #WePlayOn
 
And amid the election coverage, last Wednesday was a very sad day for the performing arts in Ottawa: Opera Lyra has ceased operations due to a budget shortfall, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The season has been cancelled; the Board is reviewing options for reviving operations in some form in the future.
 
The #WePlayOn Musicians performed Beethoven's 9th with guest conductor Bramwell Tovey, who later tweeted "#WePlayOn concert one of most memorable of my career. Standing O for @OLC_Musicians as they entered was deeply moving #Bravo". 
 
The Musicians are calling on Londoners, patrons, and orchestral music fans to make their voices hear and engage with their strategic planning process, as they work to build a new organization.
 
 
Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick
 
The Philadelphia Orchestra signed a 1-year contract last week, including one restored position and a small wage increase, the Inquirer reports
 
As part of the negotiations, management has hired arts consultant Michael Kaiser to look specifically at strategic planning, increased earning and revenue potential, and building the endowment, the Inquirer reports.
 
And Music Director Yannick Nézét-Séguin has received yet another honour: this week he was named Musical America's Artist of the Year, the NY Times reports.
 
 
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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