Orchestra Digest: May 18

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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 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. 
Compiled by OCSM President Matt Heller. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php
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