Orchestra Digest: July 29th

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This week: The TSO signs a record deal, while the VSO plans a Whistler institute; Met Opera threatens lockout; and remembering Lorin Maazel. Here are stories we're following...
New initiatives & a new hire
A new Chandos recording contract will yield 3 new Toronto Symphony Orchestra recordings, a press release on Broadway World announced. The first record, featuring Sheherezade, was already recorded in a live concert in June 2013.
The Vancouver Symphony will establish a new orchestral institute in Whistler, Pique News reported. The 8-day course will draw young musicians to study with VSO musicians. 
Simon MacDonald is the new concertmaster of the Regina Symphony, the Leader-Post reported. MacDonald was most recently a member of the Winnipeg Symphony's first violin section. 

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Orchestra Digest: June 27

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This week: Good news from Indy and Chicago, new hires in Vancouver, the CBC slashed again, celebrating Glenn Dicterow, and much more.
News from the US
The Indianapolis Symphony announced a 19% surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports. And the Chicago Symphony finished the season with $32 million in gifts from the Negaunee and Zell Family Foundations, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Shreveport (Louisiana) Symphony concluded successful negotiations, signing a 3-year musicians' agreement including modest salary increases, the Shreveport Times reports.
A plan to stage Wagner's Ring cycle with a digital orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut provoked outrage, the New York Times reports. After several artists withdrew from the Hartford Wagner Festival, organizers announced that this summer's offering of Das Rheingold would be postponed.
The US' main federal arts agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, has a new chair, a position which was left vacant for over a year. Jane Chu, the former head of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, has been confirmed by the Senate, the Washington Post reports.
NY Times reporter David Carr wrote an essay on the paradoxes of a free music economy that loves musicians: Free Music, at Least While It Lasts

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Orchestra Digest: June 5th

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This week: A new organ and a referendum in Quebec, fall-out from the ivory ban, remembering Franz-Paul Decker, celebrating Jeanne Lamon, and more...
News across Canada
The Montreal Symphony is celebrating its massive new organ this weekend with a series of concerts, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail
Meanwhile, a Referendum on Local 406's disaffiliation with the AFM is before Quebec musicians this week. Online voting closes on Sunday; both sides are represented by websites online, at CFM Is My Union (FCM est mon syndicat) and at GMMQ's Referendum website (en français).
In London, Ontario, a plan to replace Centennial Hall continues to garner controversy, with a story in the Free Press questioning the equality of the partnership between Orchestra London and the Grand Theatre.
The Canadian Opera Company is working to build a younger audience demographic - way younger, as The Globe and Mail reports. An after school program is introducing kids as young as 7 to the opera.

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