Orchestra Digest: September 19

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This week: Nasty turns in the Atlanta Symphony lockout, a major court ruling in BC, and season openers in Windsor and Victoria.

Latest reports from Atlanta

With the Atlanta Symphony lockout in its second week, negotiations are at a standstill, ArtsATL reports. Management is asking for final say in determining the size of the orchestra, a proposal musicians and labour advocates argue "makes the contract meaningless." The Atlanta Journal Constitution also reports on the orchestral size debate, which has become a central issue.  

The latest skirmish came in the ASO management's cancellation of Atlanta Youth Symphony auditions - which it unjustly blamed on the AFM, the blog Mask of the Flower Prince argues.

The ASO lockout matters to orchestras throughout the US and beyond, The Guardian's Tom Service writes. Service spoke to principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles, who speaks passionately against the management-imposed lockout: "It's a one-sided attempt to force the orchestra to its collective knees."

Orchestras across the US have responded to ICSOM's Call to Action: including the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Utah, Fort Worth, Hawaii, Charlotte, and Milwaukee Symphonies, and many others.

To follow the latest news on the lockout, please visit (and Like) the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Facebook page; follow them on Twitter; or visit their website to donate. This Met Opera Orchestra post has several more suggestions to register your support.


Canadian orchestra news

A bombshell in the lawsuit between officers of the Vancouver Musicians' Association and the AFM: the BC Supreme Court set aside an AFM-imposed trusteeship, and declared an AFM restriction on media agreements unenforcable in the province, the Vancouver Sun reports. The AFM is considering options for appeal.

WE Vancouver reports on the Vancouver Symphony's strengthening ties to China, including an expanding roster of guest artists and and its Pacific Rim Celebration, returning for a second season in February.

The Saskatoon Symphony narrowly missed breaking even in 2013-14, Global News reports. The small deficit represented one of the SSO's strongest financial results in recent years.

The Victoria Symphony is in action this weekend, with its season-opener on Monday. A last-minute soloist substitution caught the attention of the Times Colonist, as pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will join the orchestra in Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto.
And the Windsor Symphony is excited to present Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in its opening pops concerts next month, the Windsor Star reports. The WSO is billing its new season "Ready for Take Off".

Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php.
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