Orchestra Digest: November 21

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This week: Ling to leave San Diego Symphony, an airing of grievances at Orchestra London, and the Toronto Symphony goes for laughs. Here are stories we're following...

  • Having served a decade as music director of the San Diego Symphony, Jahja Ling will step down after the 2016-17 season, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
  • On Tuesday, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma reached an agreement ending a 2-month standoff with musicians, the NY Times reports. Musician representatives described the agreement as "bittersweet"; it included pay cuts and a no-strike pledge, and Riccardo Muti had already withdrawn from future engagements.
  • A letter leaked to London Free Press describes musicians' and stagehands' grave concerns about Orchestra London's leadership: “Downsizing and pay cuts, coupled with ill-considered cuts to our operations and structure, have left us in a downward spiral.” The letter was submitted to the OL board, signed by London Musicians Association president John Noubarian and the head of the stage employees' local, Terry Barker.
  • The Toronto Symphony will collaborate with leading improv-comedy troupe Second City for two performances next weekend, "The Second City Guide to the Orchestra", Digital Journal reports. The TSO also made the long list for CBC Music's Artist of the Year (the "Top of the Class Award") - anyone registered with a CBC profile can vote online, once a day through Dec. 1st.
  • And in a recent post, The Guardian (U.K.) lists 10 of the top classical music parodies of all time, including Victor Borge, Dudley Moore, Florence Foster Jenkins, and South Park.


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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