This week: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra returns, while Minnesota's season is silenced; orchestras and hockey converge in Ottawa and Montreal; and a classical pianist suffers for his art, happily. Here are stories we're following....
- Last Saturday, Minnesota Orchestra musicians posted an open letter to the people of Minnesota, recounting the history of the 8-month lockout. Late this week, management announced the cancelation of the remainder of the 2012-13 season, the Star Tribune reports. The board offered to resume negotiations with a federal mediator, and proposed a short summer season.
- The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra finally returned to the stage this week, ending its own protracted lockout. The Pioneer Press filed a preview of Thursday's concert, and Minnesota Public Radio has a review. MPR also reported that Bruce Coppock, who led the SPCO from 1999-2008, will return as president and CEO this June.
- While the Senators and Habs concluded a hard-fought playoff series this week, the musicians of the Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and Montreal's Orchestre Metropolitain were performing together in both cities. The Ottawa Citizen filed a delightful piece previewing the concerts, from a hockey pundit's perspective.
- New York's Spring for Music concert series gets underway this weekend, the New York Times reports, though it's with bittersweet emotions. This year brings performances by the Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony (twice), Albany Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and National Symphony. 2014 will be the festival's last year, due to funding constraints.
- Is personal suffering an inevitable part of being a classical musician? Writing in the Guardian (U.K.), essayist James Rhodes argues that it is, though he wouldn't have it any other way. NPR's Deceptive Cadence covered the topic as well: Do you have to nearly kill yourself to become a classical musician?