Orchestra Digest: March 22

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This week: Minnesota Orchestra CEO steps down, 2014/15 seasons announced, and a petition for a new concert hall in Halifax.
 
 
People in the news
 
With the Minnesota Orchestra's return has come intense pressure for President/CEO Michael Henson's departure, including statements from former Music Director Osmo Vanska, MinnPost reported. This week the orchestra announced that Henson will step down in August, the Star Tribune reports.
 
The Peninsula Symphony of San Jose, California is recovering from apparent malfeasance by a former executive director, as Mercury News reported. Stephen Jay Carlton faces charges of embezzling all of the symphony's funds, including a $500,000 endowment. 
 
Last week the orchestral world celebrated the life of Chicago Symphony oboist Ray Still. He died on his 94th birthday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
 
 
2014/15 season previews
 
The Vancouver Symphony's 2014/15 season includes three recently launched festivals, as well as works by Shostakovich, Britten, and Richard Strauss. The Vancouver Sun has a preview
 
Edmonton's Symphony Under the Sky will become Symphony in the City this year, due to a triathlon event at Hawrelak Park. The Edmonton Journal previews that event and many more highlights for 2014/15.
 
The Leader Post previews the Regina Symphony's new season, which includes Prokofiev's 5th, Enigma Variations, and Carmina Burana. 
 
Symphony Nova Scotia associate conductor Martin MacDonald spoke to the Chronicle Herald about some of the eclectic programming planned for 2014/15: an expanded Baroque series, appearances by Howard Cable and David Myles, and a performance of Brahms' German Requiem commemorating the First World War centennary.
 
 
Other symphonic news
 
Good news from New York state, where the Buffalo Philharmonic has set a new record for subscriptions. Managers credit long-running efforts to expand the subscriber base, aided by Music Director JoAnn Falletta's ambassadorship and two acclaimed recordings, Buffalo Business First reports. 
 
A community effort to build a new concert hall in Halifax is gathering support - we encourage you to sign the petition on Change.org, and to share it with friends and colleagues.
 
 
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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