This week: Update from Pittsburgh; Canadian Opera Company's Norma; a "Kiss" for National Arts Centre Orchestra; and getting acquainted with HPO music director Gemma New.
Pittsburgh Symphony strike, week 3
Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony, entering the 3rd week of a strike, told the Post-Gazette: "What management is proposing would change our institution. It would destroy it." Board members and management argue that their proposed cuts would not significantly affect the orchestra's quality.
Hamilton Philharmonic music director Gemma New, a New Zealand native, answered 34 questions from Musical Toronto, on everything from her background and career to her inspirations, fears, and the instrument she secretly wishes to play: timpani.
Promoting its upcoming Beethoven and Schumann Festival, the National Arts Centre Orchestra unveiled a portrait by Anita Kunz, "The Kiss", imagining an embrace between Beethoven and Schumann. The Ottawa Citizen reports on the painting with video of the media event.
The Canadian Opera Company's new production of Norma opened to stellar reviews (see Globe and Mail). The Toronto Star also covered its Game of Thrones-inspired design elements: in director Kevin Newbury's words, "This is myth, but it is also sexy."