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  • Orchestra Digest: March 9

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    Welcomes: Elisa Citterio, Otto Tausk
     
    The Globe and Mail profiles Tafelmusik's new music director, Elisa Citterio, a musician Jeanne Lamon describes as "a Tafelmusik person... She's going to fit in perfectly." Meanwhile, Musical Toronto lists nine causes for excitement in Tafelmusik's newly-announced 2017/18 season. 
     
    Speaking to the Vancouver SunVancouver Symphony music director-designate Otto Tausk emphasized the importance of building trust and performing a broad repertoire. 
     
     
    New seasons
     
    The 2017/18 Vancouver Symphony season will bring farewells to Bramwell Tovey, the Straight reports, with world premieres by Tovey and Jocelyn Morlock, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, and much more.  
     
    High-profile premieres and collaborations highlight the National Ballet of Canada's 2017/18 season, previewed by the Globe and Mail.
     
    The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony also announced its 2017-18 season, the Record reports, noting that in absence of a music director, the season was planned entirely by staff and musicians. The Chronicle also previewed an ambitious transitional season. 
     
    The Winnipeg Symphony offered refugees and immigrants 1,000 free tickets to a recent performance and dance and multicultural music, CBC reports. The performance included Arabic translation, and an appearance by Mayor Brian Bowman
     
    The National Arts Centre's annual report, titled "Groundbreaking", noted successful fundraising campaigns, renovations, and initiatives, the Ottawa Sun reports. There was a small deficit of $207k on a budget of $71m.  
     
    An Ode to Canada, featuring a newly-commissioned Fanfare and Beethoven's 9th, will open the Windsor Symphony's 70th anniversary season, the Windsor Star reports
     
    "Heroes" and "the North" are major themes of the National Arts Centre Orchestra's 2017/18 season, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Inspired by Glenn Gould, their "Idea of the North" festival will pair Canadian and Finnish music. 
     
     
     
    Advocacy and initiatives
     
    Female artists appear somewhat more frequently on NAC stages next season, Ottawa magazine reports#OrchestrasSoMale, an initiative by Brian Lauritzen (@BrianKUSC), is comparing US orchestras' appearances by female conductors and composers. 
     
    LA Philharmonic president/CEO Deborah Borda penned an LA Times op-ed calling for President Trump's first travel ban to be rescinded: "Music transcends borders; it gives voice to artists and communicates with audiences regardless of their nationality, ethnicity or religion."
     
    Alberta Ballet chair Larry E. Clausen contributed an opinion piece for the Edmonton Journal highlighting the importance of artists in our society, and the value of public support for the arts: "Artists need more than applause and appreciation". 
     
    After 19 years as Calgary Opera's general director, Bob McPhee will retire this season, the Herald reports. He will continue to advise through the transition to a new director.  
     
    The Winnipeg Symphony kicked off a new series in an unusual venue: Club Regent Casino. The Free Press previewed the Thursday Night Classics series, featuring popular classical music. 
     
     

    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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