Orchestra Digest: August 28

This week: Announcements, commentaries, discoveries. Here are stories we're following, as we wish you a happy Labour Day weekend! 



This week Nashville Symphony musicians ratified a one-year agreement that includes a 15 percent pay cut, The Tennessean reports. The cuts are in line with those given to CEO Alan Valentine and music director Giancarlo Guerrero last month. The Nashville Symphony will open its 2013-14 season next Thursday, as planned.
August 21, 2013 was proclaimed "ICSOM Day" in Kansas City, by Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James. A Proclamation issued by the mayor is available online.
The Regina Symphony reported a surplus last season, its first since 2008-09. The Leader-Post interviewed executive director Maxim Antonshin about the successful year, and what's ahead for next season. 
The Winnipeg Free Press reports that violinist Victoria Sebastian Kereluk, a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from its inception in December 1948, died on August 18th at the age of 87. Kereluk later taught at the Banff Centre and performed as a member of the Victoria Symphony, among others.
A featured commentary in The New Republic this week, "America's Orchestras are in Crisis", takes a critical look at the recent League of American Orchestras conference in St. Louis, and ideas advanced by the League over the past 20 years. Author Philip Kennicott argues that attempts to make symphonic music more accessible and relevant have had the opposite effect, creating a stylistic hodgepodge.
The article is sparking lots of reactions, both positive and negative: so far, New England Public Radio contributor John Montanari called it "The final cry of the defeated status quo", Drew McManus called it a must read, and Minnesota Public Radio posed the question: Should orchestras stop trying to appeal to the masses?
The contract that brought Antonin Dvorak to America was recently discovered, and will be on display Sept. 8th, the New York Times reports. The effort was led by Jeannette Thurber, who founded the National Conservatory of Music in New York City and hired Dvorak to teach there.
And the New York Times reports on another lost and found score: an orchestration of Chopin's Les Sylphides, attributed to Benjamin Britten, was discovered at the American Ballet Theater's warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey.
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