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.

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Orchestra Digest: October 24

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This week: NACO tour honours Canada's fallen heroes; Philly Orchestra calls it a comeback; and the battle over orchestra complement in Atlanta. Here are stories we're following....

This week all Canadians mourn the tragic loss of Corporal Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec. Orchestras around the country are paying tribute, while the National Arts Centre Orchestra observed a minute of silence before Thursday evening's concert in Edinburgh, the first stop in their 10-day tour of the UK, as Edinburgh News reported.

CBC News also previewed NACO's tour earlier in the week, noting that the Oct. 29th concert at Salisbury Cathedral will be broadcast both on CBC Radio (on Nov. 9 and 11) and on CBC television in December.

Read more: Orchestra Digest: October 24

Orchestra Digest: October 17

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This week: A nimbler symphonic future; an impromptu requiem in St. Louis; mediation in Atlanta; and Canadian orchestras commemorate WWI. Here are stories we're following....


Bold moves

NY Times critic Anthony Tommasini writes about new directions in symphonic marketing and programming: As subscriptions fall, orchestras aim higher. Many orchestras, including the LA Phil and NY Phil, are experimenting with nimbler scheduling and promotion of concerts, as well as varied events and venues.

A St. Louis Symphony performance of Brahms' German Requiem became the occasion for a community response to Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the Washington Post reports. As shown in a video accompanying the story, twenty-three protesters staged a flash mob at intermission, standing up to sing a "Requiem for Mike Brown", which was received with respectful applause; they then left the hall without incident, leading a chant of "Black Lives Matter."

Read more: Orchestra Digest: October 17

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