Orchestra Digest: November 1

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This week: NACO's successful UK tour, financials from the Canadian Opera Company and Quebec Symphony, the gap narrows in Atlanta, and Kansas City Symphony plays the World Series. Here are stories we're following....

  • This week the National Arts Centre Orchestra completed a ten-day tour of the UK, and Huffington Post covered their itinerary, including stops in Scotland, a side-by-side concert with the London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, educational activities, and tributes to Corporal Nathan Cirillo. The Herald Scotland praised NACO's concert in Edinburgh as "stunning" and "never less than enthralling."
  • The Canadian Opera Company announced rising attendance for the 2013-14 season, the Toronto Star reports. Average attendance was at 94% of capacity, up 4% from 2012-13; despite this, the company ran a $952K operating deficit on a budget of $41.4 million.
  • The Quebec Symphony faces an accumulated deficit of $1.9 million, La Presse reports. Large past season deficits ($946K in 2012-13) were attributed to poor programming choices by the previous management team.
  • On Monday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association countered management proposals to reduce the orchestra size, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The musician proposal would set the complement at 77 musicians, with best efforts to restore to 81 next season. At last report, ASO management was still considering a response to the players' proposal. Both sides have continued to consult a federal mediator, Richard Giacolone of the USFMCS.
  • The New York Times reported on mirror-image announcements this week by the New York Philharmonic (launching an international music academy) and Bard College (forming a new training orchestra). Both have been compared with the Miami-based New World Symphony, as initiatives aiming to develop the next generation of talented young symphonic players.
  • And the Kansas City Symphony got a last-minute gig this week, performing the national anthem at Tuesday's World Series game alongside Joyce DiDonato. The KC Star reported on their Symphony's "rock star" moment.

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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