This week: Minnesota Orchestra music director resigns, the New York City Opera liquidates, and the NACO heads to China. Here are stories we're following...
Minnesota loses Vanska
Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska has resigned, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. In a short statement given by his London agent, Vanska said, "This is a very sad day for me." Players and the board released statements expressing their regrets as well.
Vanska's resignation came less than a day after the Minnesota Orchestra canceled its appearances at Carnegie Hall in November, as reported in the Pioneer Press and the New York Times.
Earlier in the week MinnPost featured a commentary on the deep tensions between Minnesota Orchestra musicians and management, and another about the management's most recent proposal. The lockout reaches its one year anniversary today.
New York City Opera liquidating
The board of the New York City Opera voted last Thursday to declare bankruptcy, the New York Times reported, unless a fundraising goal of $7 million was reached. That goal was all but certain to fail, the Times reported, making this Saturday's performance of "Anna Nicole" the company's last.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the situation on Monday, saying that neither the city or his own foundation would extend funds needed to keep the New York City Opera solvent, the New York Times reported.
Canadian orchestra news
The NACO tour to China may have implications beyond music, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Journalists talked with leaders and academics about the tour and its political impact.
The Edmonton Symphony has released a double cd to commemorate its most recent tour to Carnegie Hall, and the Edmonton Journal has a review.
The Windsor Symphony and City of Windsor are finalizing an agreement giving the symphony control of the Capitol Theatre, OurWindsor.ca reports. Still at issue are ticketing surcharges and maintenance expenses.
And National Post columnist Shinan Govani reviewed the Toronto Symphony's "Lang Lang love-in" last week, though his attention was mainly on the couple in front of him.
People in the news
The Vancouver Symphony opened its 2013-14 season this weekend, and the Globe and Mail covered the event, interviewing music director Bramwell Tovey. The Georgia Strait also reports on Tovey, who was just entered into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
The Canadian Opera Company also returns to the stage this week, and the Toronto Sun talked with general director Alexander Neef about this season's productions.
The Hamilton Spectator profiled the Hamilton Philharmonic's new librarian, William Rowson. Former HPO librarian Ondrej Golias is now with the Canadian Opera Company.