This week: Politics at the CBC, Orchestra London's plan, Calgary's new season, opera and arts education, and remembering Janos Starker. Here are stories we're following...
- The latest federal budget bill would grant Stephen Harper's cabinet new powers over CBC collective bargaining mandates, the Hill Times reports. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has launched an online petition to protect the CBC from political interference.
- Also announced this week: new rules for the federal foreign worker program will add to the cost and administrative burden of hiring non-Canadian workers. CBC reports on the changes.
- Orchestra London presented its strategic plan to the city's investment and economic prosperity committee on Monday, the London Free Press reported. Metro News also covered the report, noting the orchestra's plans to expand its education and community offerings.
- Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia's music director since 2002, will continue at least through the 2015-16 season, after signing a 3-year contract extension this week, the Chronicle Herald reports.
- The Calgary Philharmonic launched its 2013-14 season this week, the Calgary Herald reports, including an Italian Festival, some hot young soloists, and a series of great Fifth Symphonies.
- A Toronto Star review of the Canadian Opera Company's new production, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmélites, took a novel approach - critic David Macfarlane watched the sitzprobe rehearsal, praising its intensity and focus, and its value as a model for arts education.
- The great cellist Janos Starker passed away last weekend, and many tributes followed: including the Telegraph (U.K.), Los Angeles Times, and NPR.
- Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä spoke out about his orchestra's lockout this week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, threatening to resign if the orchestra is forced to cancel a Carnegie Hall tour in the fall. Vänskä also expressed concern about the many musicians leaving the orchestra.
- And the San Antonio Symphony has a new President and CEO, local businessman Jack Downey, the Express-News reports.