Orchestra Digest: March 22

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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."
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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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