This week: Boston's new music director; Edmonton launches a Sistema; triumphs for the Canadian Opera Company; and the fallout in the Twin Cities.
- The Boston Symphony has a new music director: Latvian-born Andris Nelsons, aged 34. The New York Times and Boston Globe report on the new hire, whose tenure begins in 2014.
- The Edmonton Symphony launched its YONA-Sistema program this week, an after-school program for 2nd and 3rd-graders in partnership with several local organizations, Metro News and CTV Edmonton report.
- The Canadian Opera Company's latest productions, Salome and Dialogues of the Carmelites, got rave reviews in this week's Wall Street Journal.
- After cancelling the entire 2012-13 season, the Minnesota Orchestra's fate is in question; an in depth commentary in the New York Times last weekend reviews the context and issues.
- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's lockout is now over; a commentary in the Pioneer Press by Twin Cities Musicians Union President Brad C. Eggen lists steps to ensure it doesn't repeat.
- The Southwest Florida Symphony, a ROPA orchestra, is also in distress - they have laid off staff and plan to vacate offices later this month, the News-Press reports. Programming for next season remains in place; a board meeting is scheduled for May 29th.