This week: Atlanta lockout reaches week 4; Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony hires a new executive director, and Calgary Phil celebrates their retiring President/CEO.
Atlanta lockout news
The Atlanta Symphony has been locked out since Sept. 6, and concerts through Nov. 8th have been cancelled, ArtsATL reported. ASO board member Ron Antinori resigned and spoke out in protest against the lockout and the decision to cancel concerts.
Music Director Robert Spano
also spoke out against the lockout, lamenting that “our brilliant and creative musicians, who need to be intimately involved in the creation of our path to the future, have been asked to leave the building — and Atlanta is left with a deafening silence.” The New York Times reports
on Spano's public statements in support of musicians.
This week ASO President and CEO Stanley Romanstein
resigned, saying in a statement that his leadership "would be an impediment to our reaching a new labor agreement with the ASO's musicians," the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported
. His interim replacement is Terry Neal, a retired Coca Cola executive and current ASO board member.
Aspen Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher
wrote a commentary for the Huffington Post, titled "Atlanta Symphony Lockout is Enforced Silence."
Fletcher argues that the tactic of locking out musicians is "wrongheaded", and that it doesn't work.
Atlanta Symphony musicians have begun their own series of free public concerts
, beginning last weekend. ArtsATL previewed
the first concert, last weekend at Kennesaw State University's Bailey Performance Center.
Elsewhere in the news
Weeks after a major labor dispute threatened to derail the Metropolitan Opera
, the company is back at work and pulled off a big opening night on Sept. 22nd. The New York Times profiled
the entire operation, which on some days includes more than 1,500 people.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
has appointed Andrew Bennett
its new executive director, the Guelph Mercury reports
. Bennett is currently General Manager of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal.
Symphony Nova Scotia
announced a successful 2013-14 season, with ticket sales up 19% to over $1 million, the Chronicle Herald reports
. 2013-14 was Chris Wilkinson's first season as CEO of the Symphony.
The Calgary Philharmonic
also reported a successful season at its AGM this week, the Calgary Herald report
s. Longtime President and CEO Ann Lewis-Luppino announced she will retire at the end of the 2014-15 season, ending a 9-year tenure which solidified and stabilized the organization.