Orchestra Digest: February 26

 
This week: the Minnesota Orchestra's music director woes, Kitchener-Waterloo renews Edwin Outwater, FIM convenes in Norway, and a bittersweet celebration for NYC Opera.
 
 
Music directors in the news
 
The NY Times reported on the state of the Minnesota Orchestra, back from a 16-month lockout but still mired in an uneasy truce. At issue are the return (or replacement) of music director Osmo Vanska, and the retention (or departure) of president/CEO Michael Henson. 
 
The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony announced the extension of music director Edwin Outwater's contract through the 2016/17 season; the press release was picked up in the Exchange Morning Post.
 
The Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Symphony has wrapped up its music director search, appointing Tito Muñoz beginning next season. Muñoz, age 30, is a native of Queens, NY and currently music director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy.
 
 
Other items of note
 
A young oboist's petition for a "real concert hall" in Halifax continues to garner media attention, with recent coverage from the Chronicle Herald
 
On Saturday, the New York City Opera celebrated its 70th anniversary with an all-star tribute - including Placido Domingo, Lauren Flanigan, and the opera's orchestra and chorus. The NYC Opera shut down this past September; the New York Times reviewed the event. 
 
And this week the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) holds its 3rd International Conference in Oslo, Norway. Representing the AFM were President Ray Hair, SSD Director Jay Blumenthal, ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge, ROPA President Carla Lehmeier, and OCSM VP Elizabeth Johnston. 
 
 
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