Orchestra Digest: January 24th

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This week: New seasons for TSO and COC, departing music directors in Victoria and Regina, and remembering maestro Claudio Abbado.
Deals and departures
The Detroit Symphony has reached a 3-year agreement, including small annual wage increases, the Detroit Free Press reports. Both sides applauded the collaborative tone and lack of rancor. 
Victoria Symphony music director Tania Miller will step down in August 2017, the Times Colonist reports. Miller's tenure began in 2003, and will be names music director emerita following her departure. 
Victor Sawa announced he will step down as Regina Symphony music director following the 2015/16 season, CJME reports. That will be Sawa's 20th season leading the RSO. 
And Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb announced that he will lead negotiations with the company's 16 unions, the New York Times reports. Gelb's predecessor, Joseph Volpe, had continued leading negotiations during Gelb's 4 years as GM; the current contracts expire in July. 
New seasons
The Toronto Star reports on the Toronto Symphony's summer 2014 European tour and other highlights of the TSO's just-announced 2014/15 season. The season includes a return appearance by comedians from Toronto's Second City, featured in a new YouTube video
The Canadian Opera Company has also announced its 2014/15 season, the Toronto Star reports, including a new production of Don Giovanni by Dmitri Tcherniakov. 
The Pittsburgh Symphony is considering a tour to Iran, which it last visited in 1964, the Associated Press/ABC News reports. The tour could also include a visit to the Persian Gulf nation of Oman.
Soprano Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem at next weekend's Super Bowl XLVIII, the Washington Post reports. Fleming is the first opera singer ever to appear in that role.
And renowned conductor Claudio Abbado passed away last week at the age of 80. Abbado's career included directorships of La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera, and the Berlin Philharmonic. The New York Times printed an obituary.
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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