Orchestra Digest: February 22

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This week: Keeping score in St. Paul, an overture to Indianapolis, a new season in Kitchener-Waterloo, and a new poll on diversity in orchestras. Here are stories and topics we're following, in the news and on the web....
  • Things got busy in St. Paul, with a string of developments and public announcements, and Minnesota Public Radio posted a scorecard. Musicians responded to last week's play-and-talk offer with five pages of questions -- management responded and proposed in-person meetings next week. Meanwhile, the AFM filed an unfair labor practice charge against the St. Paul Chamber Society, citing management's demand for unlimited use of all recordings made since the orchestra's inception in 1959.
  • That same MPR report also notes that Minnesota Orchestra musicians played two education concerts this week conducted by Assistant Principal Bass William Schrickel. A press release affirmed musicians' commitment to reaching diverse audiences, including kids. And MinnPost featured another extensive story about both lockouts, focused on involvement (or lack thereof) by political leaders. 
  • This week SPCO principal second violinist Kyu-Young Kim announced he'll leave St. Paul to join the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The story also mentions several Minnesota Orchestra musicians who have left as a result of the lockout. 
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser announced he'll leave his position in 2014, the Washington Post reports. Kaiser's 12-year tenure has included founding the Kennedy Center's DeVos Institute of Arts Management, which he will continue to lead through 2017. 
  • Indianapolis Symphony assistant principal horn and Orchestra Committee Chair Richard Graef wrote a message to the community this week, published in the Indianapolis Star: Musicians have played their role to put ISO on its feet. Graef's stirring message highlights the commitments that musicians have made and continue to make to ensure artistic excellence. 
  • The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announced its 2013-14 season, which according to 570 News promises to be anything but "stuffy and classical"(!) Music director Edwin Outwater sums up the new season, which includes a Signature Series of classics as well as Pops, Baroque and Beyond, Intersection, and Family series. 
Last weekend, the Sphinx Organization held its Inaugural Convening on Diversity in the Performing Arts. This week, we're asking you about diversity in a new poll: Should orchestras do more to achieve diversity in their musicians, repertoire, and/or audiences? Follow the link below to share your opinion, and please comment on diversity's impact in your orchestra, and any ideas for how it might be improved. 
Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM President. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php
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