Orchestra Digest: May 12

This week: Winnipeg Symphony takes Manhattan, big plans in Windsor, a final season for the Green Bay Symphony, and the NY Times considers the status of the artist today. 
Canadian orchestras in the news
The Winnipeg Symphony represented Canada in this year's Spring for Music at Carnegie Hall - the final year of the festival - and brought the soul of a city, as music director Alexander Mickelthwaite told CBC News.
Writing in the New York Classical Review, critic George Grella called the WSO's Carnegie Hall performance "surprising and spectacular", singling the orchestra out for its eccentric program. 
On now, the Hamilton Philharmonic's annual What's Next festival explores a full range of Canadian composers; it's led by the HPO's composer-in-residence and festival co-director Abigail Richardson-Schulte, the Hamilton Spectator reports.
Victoria Symphony composer-in-residence Michael Oesterle talked with the Times-Colonist about his time with the orchestra, and the completion of his Home cycle, which addresses the experiences of immigrants to Canada. 
And Windsor Symphony music director Robert Franz spoke with OurWindsor.ca as his first season wrapped, and considered upcoming projects, including a new national competition for young musicians. 
News from the US
The Alabama Symphony reached a 3-year agreement with musicians, including 2% salary increases each season, Birmingham News reported.
Next season will be the last for the Green Bay Symphony, Press-Gazette Media reports. The board cited poor financial support, falling attendance and subscriptions, and high costs for its decision to dissolve the orchestra. 
And New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote an essay called The Paradox of Art as Work, amidst extreme shifts in the artistic and digital marketplace.
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