This week: Good samaritans in Saskatchewan, a new organist in Montreal, troubles in Nashville, and Bach in the Subways. Here are stories we're following, in the news and on the web....
- Bad weather in Saskatchewan closed roads and left a group of 13 Regina Symphony musicians stranded in the rural town of Assiniboia on Wednesday, the Regina Leader Post reports. To their great relief and gratitude, the owner of a motel there, the Wheel Inn, put them all up for free, saying he "just likes to share."
- The Montreal Symphony's auditions for a new organist drew public and media attention this week, with a story and accompanying video on CBC. French-born organist Jean-Willy Kunz was selected, John Terauds reports on Musical Toronto.
- Just seven years after its opening, the Schermerhorn Center, home to the Nashville Symphony, is in financial trouble, the Tennesseean reports. The Symphony is allowing its bonds to default, triggering a re-negotiating of its loans and "comprehensive financial restructuring," according to CEO and President Alan Valentine. Negotiations with musicians are set to begin in May.
- Contract negotiations for the striking San Francisco Symphony broke down at 4 am on Sunday morning, effectively cancelling a tour planned for this weekend, according to a press release by SFS musicians. The Players' Associations of both the Chicago Symphony and the National Symphony filed press releases in support of San Francisco Symphony musicians.
- A petition started this week asks the Minnesota Orchestra Board to Resume the 2012-13 MN Orchestra season using funds saved from the lockout. The petition notes that "Michael Henson, CEO and President of the MN Orchestra, has claimed that the MOA saves over $500,000 a month by locking out the musicians."
- And New York City-based cellist Dale Henderson and friends celebrated Bach's 328th birthday this Thursday with Bach in the Subways Day, WQXR reports. This was the 3rd iteration of BSD, which brought performances of Bach by solo instruments, ensembles, and a choir to NYC subways.