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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Orchestra Digest: May 12

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This week: Winnipeg Symphony takes Manhattan, big plans in Windsor, a final season for the Green Bay Symphony, and the NY Times considers the status of the artist today. 
Canadian orchestras in the news
The Winnipeg Symphony represented Canada in this year's Spring for Music at Carnegie Hall - the final year of the festival - and brought the soul of a city, as music director Alexander Mickelthwaite told CBC News.
Writing in the New York Classical Review, critic George Grella called the WSO's Carnegie Hall performance "surprising and spectacular", singling the orchestra out for its eccentric program. 
On now, the Hamilton Philharmonic's annual What's Next festival explores a full range of Canadian composers; it's led by the HPO's composer-in-residence and festival co-director Abigail Richardson-Schulte, the Hamilton Spectator reports.
Victoria Symphony composer-in-residence Michael Oesterle talked with the Times-Colonist about his time with the orchestra, and the completion of his Home cycle, which addresses the experiences of immigrants to Canada. 
And Windsor Symphony music director Robert Franz spoke with OurWindsor.ca as his first season wrapped, and considered upcoming projects, including a new national competition for young musicians. 
News from the US
The Alabama Symphony reached a 3-year agreement with musicians, including 2% salary increases each season, Birmingham News reported.
Next season will be the last for the Green Bay Symphony, Press-Gazette Media reports. The board cited poor financial support, falling attendance and subscriptions, and high costs for its decision to dissolve the orchestra. 
And New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote an essay called The Paradox of Art as Work, amidst extreme shifts in the artistic and digital marketplace.
Compiled by Matt Heller, Calgary Philharmonic and OCSM Past President. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php
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