Orchestra Digest: March 17th

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This week: New seasons and Canada's 150th anniversary; Montreal Symphony tours US; remembering Maestros Mueller and Harnoncourt; and farewells to ICSOM's Bruce Ridge. 
New seasons and Canada's 150th
The Toronto Symphony will receive $7.5m in federal grants to prepare a "national musical celebration" of Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, exclaim.ca reports. The project will involve 36 orchestras in communities across the country, TSO VP of Marketing Dave Postill announced. 
Singer Eleanor McCain is celebrating Canada's 150th with a recording and tour of 32 famous Canadian songs, performed with 10 Canadian orchestras, the Globe and Mail reports
The Vancouver Symphony announced its 2016-17 season this week, including festivals devoted to new and British music, The Georgia Straight reportsMetroNews covered Symphony Nova Scotia's season announcement. 
The Windsor Star reported on Robert Franz's extension as the Windsor Symphony's music director, which came as the orchestra announced its own 2016-17 season. 
Tours, maestros, and farewells
The Montreal Symphony is on tour in the US this week, with stops in 10 cities including Chicago and New York. The Chicago Tribune filed a profile of the orchestra, including its resurgence under Kent Nagano
The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) announced that its longest-ever-serving Chair, Bruce Ridge, will step down this August. Bruce has written, spoken and been widely quoted as an industry expert, including testifying before the US Congress. He will be greatly missed. 
The Philadelphia Orchestra will visit Mongolia in June 2017, as part of an Asian tour - and what may be the start of a long-term residency, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports
Legendary maestros passed away last week: BBC News remembered Nikolaus Harnoncourt, age 86, who was considered the "pope" of the baroque music revival. The Philadelphia Inquirer celebrated Otto-Werner Mueller, age 89, who taught generations of conductors and orchestral players at Curtis, Juilliard, and Yale. 
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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