Orchestra Digest: April 19

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This week: Details of NACO's China tour, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra wraps up negotiations, more false starts for Minnesota Orchestra, and the passing of orchestral legends. Here are stories we're following...
  • The National Arts Centre Orchestra announced details of its 2013-14 season, including a major tour to China this October, the Ottawa Citizen reports
  • Despite a tentative agreement reached last week, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra canceled concerts through May 5th, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The holdup was due to media broadcast rights, which are negotiated with the AFM nationally. The SPCO and AFM reached an agreement yesterday, MPR reports, and a ratification vote is to be scheduled. 
  • Following last week's announcement of the SPCO agreement, Minnesota Orchestra President Michael Henson gave an interview on MinnPost, expressing hope a renewed negotiation to end the MnOrch lockout. Musicians responded with an open letter on MinnPost, pointing to management's lockout and proposals as the true barriers to negotiations. 
  • On Tuesday, MnOrch management launched its own analysis, while cancelling concerts through May 12, MPR reports. Musicians raised objections to the terms of the study.
  • And a third professional orchestra in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, announced in a press release that it had successfully reached a new, four-year agreement with musicians. 
  • Members of the Chicago Symphony performed at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center on Sunday, part of a new outreach initiative led by music director Riccardo Muti, Associated Press reports.
  • NPR reports from Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., where "venture culturalist" Yo-Yo Ma gave a speech advocating for diversity in the arts and education. 
Compiled by OCSM President Matt Heller. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOMand ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: <http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php
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