Orchestra Digest: March 2nd

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This week: Grammy winners and Juno nominees, new seasons, maestro succession in Toronto, and a world record in Atlanta. Here are stories we're following....
 
 
Awards and announcements
 
Awards season is upon us, with 2016 Grammy Awards going to the Boston and Seattle SymphoniesWQXR reported. You can check out all the 2016 Juno nominees at CBC's website - Orchestre Métropolitain and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal are among them. 
 
We've also entered 2016/17 Season announcement season - so far, National Ballet of Canada (reported by the Globe and Mail), Canadian Opera Company (ditto), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Waterloo Record), Regina Symphony (CJME News) and the Toronto Symphony (Toronto Star) have announced. 
 
While announcing the Toronto Symphony's 2016/17 season, music director Peter Oundjian also told the media that he will leave after the 2017/18 season, the National Post reports. Possible successors are already being debated, including Krzysztof Urbánski, Jakob Hrùša, Long Yu, Andrey Boreyko, and Alain Trudel. 
 
 
The business pages
 
It's been 2 years since the end of the Minnesota Orchestra's lockout - a "near death experience", CEO Kevin Smith puts it - and the orchestra is doing better than almost anyone could have hoped. The NY Times reports on the comeback. 
 
In Atlanta, a new agreement turns over operations of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, previously run by the Woodruff Arts Center, to Live Nation, Inc., the Atlanta Business Journal reports. The Atlanta Symphony will continue to perform there. 
 
Ending a 36-year run, New York's Long Island Philharmonic announced its operations have ceased, WSHU reportsNewsday arts writer Peter Goodman chronicled the orchestra's rise and fall.
 
The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) is advancing a petition for fair treatment for musicians travelling on EU flights - you can read and sign it at Change.org.
 
 
Milestones
 
Atlanta Symphony bassist Jane Little has set the Guinness World Record for longest professional orchestra career, WABE News reports. At age 87, Little has performed an astounding 71 seasons with the ASO. 
 
 
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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