Orchestra Digest: February 26

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This week: the Minnesota Orchestra's music director woes, Kitchener-Waterloo renews Edwin Outwater, FIM convenes in Norway, and a bittersweet celebration for NYC Opera.
Music directors in the news
The NY Times reported on the state of the Minnesota Orchestra, back from a 16-month lockout but still mired in an uneasy truce. At issue are the return (or replacement) of music director Osmo Vanska, and the retention (or departure) of president/CEO Michael Henson. 
The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony announced the extension of music director Edwin Outwater's contract through the 2016/17 season; the press release was picked up in the Exchange Morning Post.
The Arizona Republic reports that the Phoenix Symphony has wrapped up its music director search, appointing Tito Muñoz beginning next season. Muñoz, age 30, is a native of Queens, NY and currently music director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy.

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Orchestra Digest: February 15

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This week: Returns and recoveries, concert hall proposals, Rick Mercer conducts the TSO, and more. 
A belated opening night, a new season, and a return celebrated
The New York Times and San Francisco Classical Voice each covered the Minnesota Orchestra's return last weekend, under music director laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. The orchestra was welcomed back with extended applause, and cries of "Bring back Osmo!" 
The National Ballet of Canada announced its 2014-15 season, the Toronto Star reports. The season includes the premiere of Shakespeare's The Tempest, newly choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, and a run of Manon, which hasn't been performed at the National Ballet in 16 seasons. 
The "Lipinski" Stradivarius violin was recovered undamaged last week, following an armed robbery in Milwaukee on Jan. 27th, the New York Times reported. Three suspects are being held in the theft. The violin has been returned to Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond, who celebrated its return during an MSO Valentine's concert last night, the Journal Sentinel reports.

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Orchestra Digest: February 1

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This week: Financial worries in the UK and Memphis, a shocking robbery in Milwaukee, and the Vancouver Symphony celebrates music of Asia. 
Financial news
While British orchestras are seeing rising attendance and appealing to younger audiences, their financial margins are getting smaller due to decreased public funding, The Independent (UK) reports. The survey data was released by the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) in advance of their annual conference, in London this past week. 
The latest US orchestra to report a serious cash crunch is the Memphis Symphony, which announced a major restructuring campaign this week, the Commercial Appeal reports. On Friday civic and community leaders affirmed the importance of the MSO, pledging that the city would rally to its support, the Commercial Appeal also reported.
A recently struggling American orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, reported improved financial numbers for 2012-13, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. The RPO is readying its 2014-15 season announcement, with promises to "shake things up a bit". 

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