This week: Victoria's peaceful Splash, the TSO's latest recording, cultural agency leadership, and symphonic player conferences. Here's what we're following....
Symphony and the City
Mozart may or may not make you smarter, but apparently symphony concerts can make cities more peaceful... The Victoria News was on the beat last Sunday, when the Victoria Symphony performed for a crowd of 40,000 without a single call for police service.
The Atlanta Symphony's reduced season has had an impact on Atlanta's music scene, Arts Atlanta reports, with a 10-week drought of classical music concerts this summer. (Note: The ASO is slated to return to a 52-week season in 2013-14.)
Symphonic music lives on in Albuquerque, thanks to the newly formed New Mexico Philharmonic. A commentary in the Albuquerque Journal reviews the demise of the New Mexico Symphony, and the creative efforts of musicians including ROPA president (and cellist) Carla Lehmeier-Tatum to form the new orchestra.
The Hawaii Symphony, which emerged after the Honolulu Symphony's liquidation in 2009, this week announced the launch of its second season, the Kansas City Star reports. The HSO managed to break even in its first season, in 2011-12, but 2012-13 was completely cancelled, and 2013-14 will be significantly shorter. (Note: ICSOM Delegate Steve Flanter provided a correction of misleading information in the original article.)
On Tuesday, the Toronto Symphony released its 8th recording on its own TSO Live label, Broadway World reports. The recording includes live performances of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and is being sold via download and at Roy Thomson Hall.
National Cultural Leaders
The Canada Council for the Arts announced last week that Roger Gaudet, currently the Head of its Theatre section, has been selected as the new Director, Arts Disciplines Division, effective October 15, 2013. CCA Board Chair Joseph L. Rotman was re-appointed for a new 5-year term.
Meanwhile, the chair position of the US National Endowment for the Arts has been vacant for eight months, the New York Times reports. The agency faces threats of massive cuts in the next federal budget, and a lack of leadership is hampering the NEA's operations.
Symphonic Player Conference Season
Last week, the Regional Orchestras' Players' Association (ROPA) Conference was held in Spokane, Washington.
Our own OCSM/OMOSC Conference runs next Wednesday, August 14th through Sunday, August 18th at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, SK. All OCSM Members are invited to attend -- visit the OCSM website for more details, including a conference agenda.
The following week, August 21 to 24, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) convenes in Kansas City, Missouri.