Orchestra Digest: April 1st

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This week: San Francisco Symphony reaches a deal, new seasons in Vancouver and Halifax, audits and counteroffers in Minnesota, and cautionary studies about noise and hearing loss. Here are stories we're following....
  • The San Francisco Symphony strike may be at an end, the LA Times reports. After 18 days on strike, a 26-month agreement was reached on Sunday. The deal still awaits ratification, but the SFS will resume its season with education concerts on Tuesday morning. 
  • The Cleveland Foundation announced a $10-million grant to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Plain Dealer reports, its largest by far. Foundation President/CEO Ronald B. Richard called the Cleveland Orchestra "a key component of Cleveland's brand." 
  • The Vancouver Symphony announced its 95th-anniversary season last week, the Sun reported, including a Spring Festival, New Music Festival, Pacific Rim Celebration, and expanded VSO Chamber Players series. 
  • Symphony Nova Scotia also announced details of its 2013-14 season, the Chronicle-Herald reported, with a spotlight on homegrown stars including cellist Denise Djokic, soprano Jane Archibald, and rocker Joel Plaskett. 
  • Legislative auditor Jim Nobles will examine the Minnesota Orchestra's use of state funds, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The audit could take weeks or months to complete, said Nobles.
  • The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra seems to be edging closer to an agreement following talks with Mayor Chris Coleman, MPR also reports. Both sides are hoping to reach a deal before management-imposed deadline of April 8th, to prevent the season from being cancelled entirely. 
  • Most severe hearing loss is caused by noise, not age, according to several recent books and studies, reviewed in the New York Times health section. Researchers caution adults to turn down or stay away from noisy devices and situations, and to protect their children. 
  • And finally... Montreal Symphony bassoonist (and alert reader!) Stéphane Lévesque informs us that McGill University's 11th Annual Bassoon Day is on tap for April 6th, with special guest Afonso Venturieri: follow this link for more details
Compiled by the Easter Bunny, with help from OCSM President Matt Heller. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php. Happy April Fools Day!
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