Orchestra Digest: August 23

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This week: OCSM in Saskatoon, ICSOM in Kansas City, Domain-gate in Minnesota, and happy birthday to Wagner. Here are stories we're following....
 
 
OCSM, ICSOM, and Advocacy
 
Last week's OCSM Conference in Saskatoon featured the Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada, counsel Michael Wright on age discrimination, panel discussions on symphonic media and management relations, a strategic planning exercise, and a keynote address on "Fourth Generation Theory" by Drew McManus, available at the Adaptistration blog. Delegates will be delivering their own reports; we've also posted a Conference highlights page on OCSM's website.
 
The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) is in Kansas City right now, adjourning on Saturday, August 24th. I'm here representing OCSM, and will have more news to come, but here is a great preview which appeared in the Kansas City Star.
 
As ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge says in that article, it's about advocacy. Canada has its own new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, and the Globe and Mail recently profiled her -- meet Canadian culture's new federal cop. 
 
 
Masters of domain names
 
The latest round of negotiations to end the Minnesota Orchestra have stalled, KSTP reports. The mediator's proposal, which KSTP made public, was approved by musicians but rejected by management.
 
Meanwhile more veteran Minnesota Orchestra musicians are making their way elsewhere, as MinnPost reports: assistant concertmaster Stephanie Arado has resigned and accepted a teaching position at Interlochen, while principal horn Michael Gast will take a one-year leave to join the New York Philharmonic.
 
Swedish recording company Bis has postponed the Orchestra's planned September recording of Sibelius 3rd and 6th symphonies, Minnesota Public Radio reports, citing concern that the orchestra won't be "in good-enough shape".
 
This week blogger Emily Hogstad accused the Minnesota Orchestra Association of scooping up domain names in an attempt thwart audience outrage, months before the lockout. The story went viral, picked up by AdaptistrationThe Rest is NoiseThe Daily KosMinnesota Public RadioNPR, and the Star Tribune (among others).
 
And that audience association found a domain name, despite the MOA's efforts: it's Save Our Symphony Minnesota (saveoursymphonymn.org), and they are also on Facebook.
 
 
New seasons and agreements
 
The Saskatoon Symphony announced the line-ups for its 2013-14 season, its 4th under music director Victor Sawa, the Star Phoenix reports. Sawa said, "Saskatoon is growing...for head offices wanting to relocate, cultural life is crucial and the symphony is the cornerstone of the whole thing."
 
Broadway World previewed the Toronto Symphony's 2013-14 season, which opens September 18-19 with a programme honouring Benjamin Britten's centenary.
 
The Nashville Symphony reached a one-year agreement, the Tennessean reports. Pending ratification, details of the agreement have not been released; the Symphony season starts early next month.
 
 
Getting healthy?
 
The Pittsburgh Symphony is using its website to promote health and wellness, the Post-Gazette reports. With support from several foundations, the PSO is sharing its music and wellness program with other organizations; the program was the brainchid of PSO violist Penny Brill.
 
This season will include a healthy dose of Wagner for many orchestras. The New York Times celebrates Wagner's 200th birthday with a review of some favourite recordings.
 
 
Compiled by Matt Heller, Calgary Philharmonic and OCSM Past President. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php
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