Orchestra Digest: November 29

This week: Celebrating Britten in London, a new exec in Charleston, the state of Canadian unions, and more...
Orchestra London is celebrating Benjamin Britten's centenary this weekend, with the Canadian premiere of Britten's Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, written at age 18. The London Free Press previews the concert with a video performance by associate concertmaster Mary-Elizabeth Brown. 
The Toronto Star reports on the state of the Toronto Symphony, with key vacancies in executive director and marketing and communications director positions. Critic Martin Knelman points to vital partnerships between music directors and executive directors of other successful orchestras.
The Charleston Symphony's new executive director is Michael Smith, the orchestra's current principal trumpet. The Post and Courier reported Smith's appointment, which follows CSO musicians' recent vote to decertify their union, AFM Local 502; Smith previously headed the musician's negotiating team. 
Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, among the most celebrated arts managers, will leave his post several months early and take his arts management institute to the University of Maryland in September, the Washington Post reports
Dallas Symphony music director Jaap van Zweden agreed to extend his contract through 2019, the Dallas Morning News reported. Van Zweden has led the DSO since 2008. 
This month The Walrus magazine covers the State of the Unions, including organizing efforts by UNITE HERE! and the recent merger of CAW and CEP, which united to form Canada's largest union, UNIFOR. 
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