This week: Montreal extends Nagano, Trudel to leave London, financial news from Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor, and the long-term benefits of music lessons.
Canadian music directors
The Montreal Symphony will keep Kent Nagano as its music director through 2020, the Montreal Gazette reports. Nagano has held the position since 2006.
Critic James Inverne weighed in on the blog Classicalite, crediting Nagano with strengthening the OSM considerably during his tenure.
Alain Trudel, music director of Orchestra London, will end his term in 2014, London Community News reports. Trudel has been music director since 2011, but chose not to seek an extension.
Other Canadian orchestra news
While the CTV News London had reported a compromise between Orchestra London and the Grand Theatre as an all-but-done deal, London Community News offered a different take: the two sides are talking, but far from coming to terms.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony reported a successful season, with increases in ticket sales and subscriptions; the Symphony finished with a deficit however, partly due to new accounting rules. The Record reported on the AGM, including the announcement of a two-year extension for music director Edwin Outwater.
The Windsor Symphony reported a small surplus for the 2012-13 fiscal year, largely due to decreased spending. The Windsor Star covered the Symphony's AGM.
Broadway World covered two composer reading sessions by the Toronto Symphony, pointing to its value to young and emerging composers in the Toronto area.
US orchestras in the news
Talks in Minnesota collapsed again last week, MPR News reports. The back-channel, two-on-two talks included management representative Doug Kelley, who argued that the AFM's influence has prolonged the impasse; musician representative Tim Zavadil responded that Minnesota Orchestra musicians speak for themselves, not the union.
Several of those musicians contributed an op-ed to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune last week: "What do the Minnesota Orchestra musicians want? A shared vision"
The Utah Symphony is the recipient of $5 million from the Eccles Foundation, leading off a major fundraising campaign. The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the donation, aimed at bringing the Symphony to greater prominence both nationally and internationally.
The Baltimore Symphony's youth orchestra, OrchKids, will get some media exposure and a significant gift from the city's football team, the Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore Sun reports on plans to feature the youth orchestra at halftime of a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving.
The New York City Opera's liquidation is still in US bankruptcy court, but many of its assets (including about 60 musical instruments) will be auctioned off soon, Bloomberg News reports.
New research is out on the benefits of childhood music lessons, which seem to carry into adulthood - even among adults who haven't touched an instrument in decades. The New York Times reports on the study, which appeared in The Journal of Neuroscience.