This week: Education in Edmonton, chamber music in Vancouver, remembering Dutilleux, and a preview of Orchestras Canada's National Orchestra Meetings. Here's what we're following...
- The Edmonton Journal reports on the ESO's new Sistema program, announced last week. The 3-year program will launch in September and include about 20 students, with plans to expand.
- This weekend the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players close their first season with performances of Bartok, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, the Vancouver Sun reports.
- Metropolitan Opera has dismantled its resident ballet company, the New York Times reports. The company's 8 remaining dancers, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, accepted buyout packages.
- French composer Henri Dutilleux, praised for his music of "sumptuous but rigorous splendour", died this week at age 97. NPR's Tom Huizenga posted a tribute, which quotes another recent piece by the Guardian's Tom Service.
- Orchestras Canada's National Orchestra Meetings take place from Tuesday, May 28th to Thursday, May 30th in Toronto. You can register and read more about the meetings online.
- And information about this summer's OCSM Conference, August 14-18th in Saskatoon, are now posted online. Our keynote speaker will be Drew McManus, and we'll feature panel discussions on the future of symphonic media, preventing labour/management problems, and other topics.