Concert hall worries in Winnipeg; Symphony Nova Scotia music director finalists; a late swap in Montreal; hearing aid research in Hamilton; the Pittsburgh Symphony's recovery plan, and more. Photo: WSO performing at Centennial Concert Hall, Nov. 2014, photo by blogger Jennifer Lynn Grace
Canadian orchestra news
Symphony Nova Scotia has narrowed its music director search to two finalists: Quebec-based Jean-Michel Malouf and New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson. Both will conduct the SNS in the fall, the Chronicle Herald reports.
CBC News reported on a last-minute programme change Wednesday at the Montreal Symphony, via OSM bassist Scott Feltham: after concerto soloist Daniil Trifonov's last-minute cancellation due to illness, conductor Karina Canellakis conducted Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony without rehearsal. Trifonov recovered and performed on Thursday and Friday.
Winnipeg's Centennial Concert Hall shell is in dire need of repair, according to Winnipeg Symphony executive director Trudy Schroeder's recent comments, reported by Global News. The orchestra is calling on the province, the concert hall's landlord, to fund improvements.
Both Trudy Schroeder and Brandon native James Ehnes were among the recipients of the Order of Manitoba this year, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
In partnership with the Hamilton Philharmonic, McMaster University's LiveLab is working to develop better hearing aids and PA systems with a study of audience members' listening experience, the Spectator reports.
While on tour in London, the National Arts Centre Orchestra connected youth orchestras in both countries in an event showcasing top talents as well as technology, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
And the NY Times profiled the Pittsburgh Symphony and its music director, Manfred Honeck. Following a 55-day strike in 2015, the orchestra has made a series of well-received recordings of standard repertoire. Several musician-led initiatives have sought to reconnect to the community.