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  • Orchestra Digest: Innovators edition

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    New seasons and the rise of the supertitle
     
    The Canadian Opera Company has announced its 2018/19 season, with six productions ranging from Mozart's Cosí fan tutte to a world premiere, Rufus Wainwright's Hadrian. The Globe and Mail previewed the season's notable performers and story lines. 
     
    It's been 35 years since the Canadian Opera Company started a trend that revolutionized opera: supertitles. NPR News reported on how the projections brought a surge of popularity to the form. 
     
    Tafelmusik also announced its 2018/19 season, its 40th anniversary, previewed in the Toronto Star:  it will include a new multimedia work by oboist Marco Cera and a return of another multimedia work by bassist Alison Mackay. The Globe and Mail notes the ensemble will tour the US and Canada. 
     
     
    Canadian arts jobs, new music, and awards
     
    Are non-Canadians sweeping up too many of Canada's most sought-after arts administration jobs? Should we be concerned about it? This weekend, the Globe and Mail looked at the issue, and factors behind an influx of foreign managers. 
     
    In a recent piece for the Vancouver Courier, Clarisse Tonigussi, who started the Canadian Women Composers Project, argues that we've neglected and overlooked many of our most talented artists.
     
    The Vancouver Symphony New Music Festival recently concluded under the direction of VSO composer-in-residence Jocelyn Morlock, the Sun reports. The festival also included a new violin concerto by composer-in-association Marcus Goddard, along with works by Samy Moussa and Andrew Staniland.
     
    The Winnipeg Symphony wraps its Winnipeg New Music Festival (WNMF) this weekend; it featured Winnipeg composers Steven Webb and Kristen Wachniak, a Philip Glass premiere, the JACK Quartet, and much more. The Manitoban and CBC filed previews. 
     
    The Houston Symphony, under former Calgary Philharmonic music director Hans Graf, won its first-ever Grammy Award last weekend, the Houston Chronicle reports. Their release of Berg's Wozzeck won for best opera recording. Canadian Barbara Hannigan also won for best classical vocal album, the LA Times reports. Other awards went to the Pittsburgh SymphonyNashville Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.  
     
     
     
    People in the news
     
    Former Toronto Symphony principal violist Teng Li has accepted the same position with the LA Philharmonic, the Violin Channel reports
     
    Concerning reports continue to arise regarding former Montreal Symphony music director Charles Dutoit's behaviour towards musicians, and how complaints were handled by the OSM. Le Devoir reports (in French). The CBC still features many Dutoit/OSM recordings, but no longer credits him in broadcasts, the Montreal Gazette reports
     
    Former Opera Hamilton and Hamilton Philharmonic artistic director Daniel Lipton is wanted on sexual assault charges, which he denies, the Spectator reports. He was more recently artistic director of Opera Tampa, but resigned last July. 
     
    Celebrating his "restless creative spirit", friends, students, and colleagues spoke to CBC News and the Edmonton Journal about jazz pianist and former Senator Tommy Banks, who died last week at the age of 81.
     
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    Compiled by Matt Heller, with editorial assistance from Francine Schutzman. 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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