This week: Orchestra London's shaky finances, the Toronto Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra buck the shrinking orchestra trend, and Calgary's visually-enhanced Turangalîla. Here are stories we're following....
First the bad news...
The London Free Press obtained an internal message from Orchestra London Board Chair Joe O'Neill, describing the orchestra's finances as "precarious" while expressing confidence in Executive Director Joe Swan. O'Neill warns that "further restructuring to reduce expenses is inevitable."
...and then some good
"You seldom shrink your way to greatness," Toronto Symphony CEO Jeff Melanson told the Toronto Star
. The TSO posted a surplus in 2013-14, as Melanson promised an era of growth and bold thinking.
The Cleveland Orchestra
posted close to a $1 million surplus last season, with record fundraising and a surge in attendance, the Plain Dealer reports
. The success came as the orchestra launched a new initiative to bring in young people, and toured Europe and the US.
The Minnesota Orchestra
's annual report didn't match the glitz, but came as remarkable news from an orchestra recovering from a lengthy lockout, as the Star Tribune reports
. The MinnOrch's deficit of $650K was less than expected, and comes amid a major rebuilding campaign.
People in the news
After just two and a half years on the job, Minnesota Opera President Kevin Ramach
announced his resignation effective immediately, the Star Tribune reports
. An interim replacement, Nina Archabal
, was named in the same announcement.
And Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Bernhard Gueller
will stay on through 2018, the Chronicle Herald reports
. Gueller, whose tenure began in 2002, extended his contract for two more seasons, giving the orchestra time to search for a successor.