Comings and goings: Music directors and execs
The Thunder Bay Symphony
announced the appointment of Paul Haas
as its music director, effective this month, CBC News reports
. Haas was among 7 finalists for the role; he also serves as music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. The Symphony also recently announced Gerald McEachern
as its new executive director, TB Newswatch reports
The Hamilton Philharmonic
renewed music director Gemma New's
contract through the 2020/21 season, the Spectator reports
. Columnist Emma Reilly assessed
the HPO's "bold and innovative" direction, and found that the orchestra is thriving.
, music director laureate of the Calgary Philharmonic
, will become the first music director of the New Mexico Philharmonic,
the Albuquerque Journal reports
Canadian conductor Alain Trudel
will be the new music director of the Toledo Symphony
, the Blade reports
will take over as music director of the St. Louis Symphony
next season, as David Robertson leaves the post next season, the St Louis Business Journal reports
Canada's new Governor General, Julie Payette, is best known as an astronaut, but she is also an accomplished singer, who has performed with both Tafelmusik
and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, CTV News reports
The Minnesota Orchestra
has extended music director Osmo Vänskä
's contract through the 2021-22 season, the Star Tribune reports
. At 19 seasons, his tenure will match that of the Orchestra's longest-serving music directors, Emil Oberhoffer and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.
The San Francisco Symphony
has appointed Mark Hanson
as its new executive director, replacing Brent Assink, the Chronicle reports
. Hanson is currently CEO of the Houston Symphony.
Tours, broadcasts, and venue news
The Philadelphia Orchestra
recently signed a broadcast deal with SiriusXM radio, which will produce 26 concert broadcasts through the course of next season. the Philadelphia Inquirer reported
. The Inquirer also reported
that president/CEO Alison Vulgamore will leave the orchestra at the conclusion of her current contract, Dec. 31st.
The Winspear Centre
, home of the Edmonton Symphony
, celebrates its 20th year in 2017. There are also plans to renovate the Centre over the next 5 years, with a $53 million "Winspear Completion Project", CBC News reports
Calgary's city council is considering a one-time grant of $2 million to be shared among ten "cornerstone" arts organizations, including the Calgary Philharmonic
, the Herald reports
. The proposal will go before council on Tuesday, July 18.
Symphony Nova Scotia
is launching a two-week summer season, July 17-31, LocalExpress.ca reports
. The series brings a varied schedule of ensemble and orchestral concerts to venues throughout Halifax.
Above and beyond
Canada's next Governor General, Julie Payette
, is best known for her work as an astronaut -- but she is also an accomplished singer, having performed with Tafelmusik
and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
, CTV News reports
Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr
also found a recent opportunity to show off his musical talents, as an oboe soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony
, CTV News reports
. Carr's performance was part of a 70th-anniversary celebration for the Symphony.
And London's Royal College of Music
is surveying classical instrumentalists on their pre-performance routines. You're invited to take the survey at this link