Orchestra Digest: May 14, 2016

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Canadian news: Federal survey, CPO launch, farewell to Victor Sawa

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The Calgary Philharmonic has announced its 2016-17 season, the Herald reports. Return visits from Music Director Laureate Roberto Minczuk, the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart, and an adventurous pops series make up some of the highlights. 
A cover story in Maclean's recounts the story of "The impresario, the heiress, and the juiciest divorce ever". Jeff Melanson and Eleanor McCain parted ways in January, leading to an escalating public battle and Melanson's resignation as TSO President/CEO. 
The Regina Symphony shared a final bow with music director Victor Sawa last Saturday, performing Beethoven's 9th, CBC News reports. Sawa has led the RSO for 20 seasons.
US News: Union victory in Lancaster, turnaround in San Antonio
The long campaign to unionize the Lancaster Symphony may have achieved a final victory, Lancaster Online reports. The board of director's plans to meet and "consider our options" following the federal appeals court decision, which recognized musicians as employees rather than independent contractors.
The San Antonio Symphony, which suffered a recent round of salary cuts, will finish the season on a positive note, according to the Rivard Report. A funding initiative amounting to $600K will lift the symphony out of its current deficit.
Baltimore Symphony musicians have launched a website and released their first newsletter, available for subscription here. It includes profiles of musicians and their community initiatives; a BSO percussionist, Brian Prechtl, has just received a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service, the Baltimore Sun reports.
A $55 million gift from departing board chair Nina Baroness von Maltzahn represents one of the largest in the history of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The donation will fund a number of new initiatives, and help to keep the school tuition-free.
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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