This week: Major new hires in Calgary and Thunder Bay; Nikki Chooi steps up at Met Opera; a stellar contract in KC, and more. Here are stories we're following....
The Calgary Philharmonic appointed Rune Bergmann its next music director, beginning September 2017; as Slipped Disc noted, The maestro you'd never heard of now has two jobs. Earlier, Herald critic Ken Delong appraised the legacy of Bergmann's predecessor, Roberto Minczuk.
The Toronto Star speculates whether the Toronto Symphony may hire Gary Hanson as interim President/CEO. Hanson was born in Toronto, and recently retired from a successful term leading The Cleveland Orchestra.
The Thunder Bay Symphony named Barry Streib its new executive director / general manager, according to a press release. Mr. Streib's background is in business, public service, and community event management.
And Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi will join the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as co-concertmaster, the Times Colonist reports. The 27-year-old was born in Victoria and first performed as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony at age 12.
The new musicians' contract at the Kansas City Symphony may serve as a model for progressive, collaborative negotiation, the KC Star reports. The agreement will yield a 19.7% raise over 4 years, and was reached quickly and without drama.
A brief strike by the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra threatened to cancel the opening night performance, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Just hours before the performance, a tentative 3-year agreement was reached, and the concert went on as planned.
With negotiations stretching over a year and an extension about to expire, Fort Worth Symphony musicians and management agreed to enter mediation, the Star Telegram reports. Talks are to resume this week.
The Baltimore Symphony, which just reached a 1-year contract extension with modest pay increases, announced a major new initiative to bring the city's poorest young people to concerts, the Baltimore Sun reports. A $1.2m donation by Mark and Patricia Joseph will increase the number of schoolchildren attending from 1,500 to 5,000 a year.
An extraordinary donation by Marjorie S. Fisher will go directly to the Detroit Symphony's 78 current full-time musicians, the Free Press reports. The late philanthropist and long-time DSO supporter earmarked the gift for a one-time payment of $5,000 to each musician.
"The Dream Unfinished Project", a series of concerts to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement, continued last week amid tragic news, the New York Times reports. The initiative was started by Eun Lee, a clarinetist and music teacher in New York, as a means for classical musicians to pring people together and respond to social unrest.
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This week: The League talks diversity; troubles and innovation at TSO; Jane Little's passing; and a new post for Yannick. Here are stories we're following...
Business news and conferences
The League of American Orchestras meets this weekend in Baltimore - a majority African-American city - highlighting issues of diversity in the predominantly white orchestral industry, the Baltimore Sun reports. Baltimore Symphony MD Marin Alsop, historian Earl Lewis, and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson will discuss diversification and wider societal trends.
The Toronto Symphony's leadership troubles and a potential $4 million plus deficit fuelled worry and speculation, including a Toronto Star analysis by columnist Martin Knelman. The TSO plans to sell a rare viola to its own foundation, the Globe and Mail reports, while also launching a major fundraising campaign. According to unnamed sources, current negotiations may lead to a pay freeze for musicians.
The TSO's recent innovations include "Listening Guide", a graphic representation of musical elements and structure. Examples were featured on the UK blog Creative Review.
Canadian news: Federal survey, CPO launch, farewell to Victor Sawa
The Government of Canada Heritage is surveying Canadians about the future of Canadian content in a digital world - we encourage you to express the importance of compensation for artists, performers, and other content creators! The survey is available both in English and en français.
The Calgary Philharmonic has announced its 2016-17 season, the Herald reports. Return visits from Music Director Laureate Roberto Minczuk, the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart, and an adventurous pops series make up some of the highlights.
A cover story in Maclean's recounts the story of "The impresario, the heiress, and the juiciest divorce ever". Jeff Melanson and Eleanor McCain parted ways in January, leading to an escalating public battle and Melanson's resignation as TSO President/CEO.
The Regina Symphony shared a final bow with music director Victor Sawa last Saturday, performing Beethoven's 9th, CBC News reports. Sawa has led the RSO for 20 seasons.