This week: Light at the end of the lockouts; tough week for music directors; and orchestras covering themselves. Here are stories we're following...
Emeging from lockout
Last weekend Atlanta Symphony musicians ratified a 4-year agreement, ending a 2-month lockout, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The ASO returned to action last night, with a program including Beethoven's 9th symphony; though the AJC reports that financial problems at the Woodruff Center persist.
A poll in the Atlanta Business Journal asks "Do you care if Atlanta has a symphony orchestra?"; the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with 94% responding affirmatively.
The Minnesota Orchestra's strong rebound from lockout has come under the watch of interim President/CEO Kevin Smith. Smith this week accepted the job on a long-term basis through the 2017-18 season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Others in the news
One of the longest-serving managers of a major orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra executive director Gary Hanson
, announced plans to retire after nearly 28 years, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports
. Hanson is a native of Toronto.
Vancouver Symphony music director Bramwell Tovey
's car was robbed last Saturday, and among items stolen were two irreplaceable scores, CBC News reports
. One was the manuscript of a new string quartet to be premiered this evening, which Tovey has been scrambling to recomplete.
Another kind of crisis faces Calgary Philharmonic music director Roberto Minczuk
: his family's application for Canadian permanent residence has so far been stalled by red tape and immigration bureaucracy, the Calgary Herald reports
Etc.: Opera sees red, and orchestras hire reporters
Despite soaring attendance, the Canadian Opera Company
faced a $2.9 million budget shortfall last season, the Globe and Mail reports
. The COC Foundation helped lower the deficit to $952,000 with a $2 million transfusion, and the reduction of one production could help prevent future deficits, board chair Philip Deck says. The National Ballet of Canada
meanwhile reported a small surplus for 2012-13.
With newspaper arts coverage dwindling, many organizations are hiring their own arts journalists, the Washington Post reports
. These include the Chicago Symphony
, which launched Sounds & Stories
last December, and the Baltimore Symphony
's newly-launched BSO Stories