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  • Orchestra Digest: Nov. 25

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    Canadian orchestras: A landmark tour, new hires, and Canada's 150th in Ottawa 
     
    Orchestre Métropolitain and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin announced a new Deutsche Gramophone recording and a European tour, both in fall 2017, the Montreal Gazette reports. The recordings will feature singers Rolando Villazón and Ildar Abdrazakov. 
     
    The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announced a $178k surplus on $5.6m in revenue for the 2015-16 season, The Record reports. The KWS has so far not announced a replacement for Music Directory Edwin Outwater, who completes his tenure this season.
     
    This week on CBC Radio's Q, host Tom Power interviewed Alexander Prior, the Edmonton Symphony's incoming Music Director, on the fixation with his age (24) and how to connect with young audiences. 
     
    The Calgary Philharmonic announced the appointment of Vincent Ho as New Music Advisor, a position created for Mr. Ho, the Calgary Herald reports
     
    The National Arts Centre has begun to unveil plans for Canada's 150th anniversary next year, CBC reports, including orchestra and theatre tours and a six-week Canada Scene festival next summer. The NAC building is scheduled to re-open on Canada Day after a $110.5m renovation.
     
     
    US orchestras: Changing business models and an end to Pittsburgh strike
     
    Pittsburgh Symphony musicians accepted 5-year contract, with a 7.5% pay cut this season restored gradually, the Post-Gazette reports. The deal concludes a 2-month strike, in time for Holiday Pops concerts in early December. 
     
    "Orchestras are too important to fail," writes attorney Jonathan Kaledin, calling for increasing government support for symphony orchestras in a USA Today opinion column
     
    US orchestras have grown increasingly dependent on philanthropic giving, the NY Times reports, summarizing data released by the League of American Orchestras. Beyond its attention-grabbing headline ("It's Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities"), the article delves into the varied and shifting business models of larger orchestras.  
     
     
    A Canadian voice remembered
     
    Baritone Bernard Turgeon, a legendary opera singer and educator, died in Victoria last week at age 85, the Globe and Mail reports. Among his achievements was a triumphant lead performance Harry Somers' opera Louis Riel, which premiered in 1967 and will finally be remounted by the Canadian Opera Company next year. 
     
     
    Compiled by Matt Heller, OCSM 1st VP. Sources include the discussion groups of ICSOM and ROPA. Visit OCSM online at: http://ocsm-omosc.org/index.php. Visit OCSM on Facebook, or tweet us @ocsm-omosc.
     
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