Orchestra Digest: November 7

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This week: a big hire for NACO, plans merge in London, Charleston decertifies, and turning great to good in Minnesota. Here are stories we're following....

Canadian orchestras in the news
The Canadian Opera Company reported a successful 2012-13 season, with record fundraising and strong artistic results. More financial details are included in a press release reprinted on Broadway World
The National Arts Centre Orchestra will tour the U.K. in 2014, CBC reports. Music Director Pinchas Zukerman will lead the tour, which will commemorate the First World War's centenary. 
And a young British conductor, Alexander Shelley, will take over as NACO's Music Director in 2015, the Globe and Mail reports.
A new hall for Orchestra London may be a step closer, CTV News London reports, as the two competing performing arts centre proposals by the Grand Theatre and the Orchestra have merged. More details about the combined plan are expected soon. 
While Toronto city politics reached a new low, the Toronto Symphony earned rave reviews for its performances of Orff, Britten, and Adès. Toronto Star critic John Terauds weighed the contrasts and coincidences.
US orchestras in the news
The Charleston Symphony has voted to decertify its union, AFM Local 502. The Post and Courier and ArtsJournal both covered the decision, and troubling issues it raises; CSO musician Michael Smith wrote a lengthy comment to the ArtsJournal post, outlining motivations and process.
Milwaukee Symphony president and CEO Mark Niehaus, who recently moved to the head office from the principal trumpet chair, is facing some extraordinary challenges this season. The Journal Sentinel reports on Niehaus' confident approach to problem solving. 
Another musician is making a move to the head office: Pacific Business News reports that the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra named Jonathan Parrish its new executive director, replacing interim president Steven Monder. Parrish has served as the HSO's assistant principal horn, as well as managing Chamber Music Hawaii. 
And while the Minnesota Orchestra deadlock continues, Polyphonic.org carried a thoughtful commentary by Michael Manley: "Bringing Down the Sky: From Great to Good in Minnesota"
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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