Orchestra News

Dixon of Who's Minding the Score has this to say about the Philly Orchestra situation

Officially, the Louisville Orchestra currently employs no musicians.  Yesterday was the deadline for the bankruptcy reorganization plan to be submitted by the orchestra (which was actually filed on Monday), and midnight Tuesday is when the musicians current contract expires.  There was no new CBA agreed upon, hence no employed musicians.

Earlier last week, the concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuelle Boisvert, leaves for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after 23 years in that position with the Detroit SO.  Drew McManus has linked some interesting pieces regarding her departure which happens, of course, after the Orchestra and Musicians finally settle a months long dispute which resulted in a strike by the musicians.

And similarly like the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra earlier this year, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has risen from the ashes as the New Mexico Philharmonic.

 

In Ethnic Orchestra News

The Liverpool Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra recently got more funding.  There are a handful of Chinese Youth Symphonies in the US, many of which are feeders into the adult Chinese Orchestras in their respective regions.

I’m continuing to find even more Ethnic Orchestras in the US, a massive updating of my Ethnic Orchestras in North American Page is imminent.  At some point I will create a more useful database to correlate the growth of ethnic populations with the ethnic orchestras to give a better picture of the nature of the growth of these non-Western Orchestras throughout [especially] the US.

 

International Orchestra News

I found a recent blog about orchestra management that has a bit of an international focus that has some good reporting on some general issues as well as specific events reportage (such as the recent FIM International Orchestra Conference in Amsterdam).  The blog is simply titled, orchestramanament: Develop the Orchestra World.

 

Orchestra news

New York Arabic Orchestra performing as part of Carnegie Hall Presents Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Muslim World Music DayNeihborhood Concert

Orchestra news is a bit bittersweet, while the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has resolve their differences with the musicians, and the Honolulu Symphony has been bought and is currently being reconstituted, both orgs are doing so at significant financial cost.

But recently the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has filed for Chapter 11 and has suspended its season, and it looks like the Philadelphia Orchestra (one of the “Big 5” in the US) is going to do so soon as well.

In Non-Western Orchestral News, the New York Arabic Orchestra is doing a year long residency with FIAF (French Institute: Alliance Francais) which just sounds like a fantastic program:

FIAF is pleased to announce its first year-long artist residency!

Led by Lebanese musician Bassam Saba, FIAF audiences first became familiar with the New York Arabic Orchestra in May 2010 through their sold-out, opening night concert in Florence Gould Hall as part of World Nomads Lebanon.

As an extension of this World Nomads partnership, Saba and his orchestra now bring to FIAF a wealth of musical exploration and performance, ranging from Arabic music to western classical method. Featured programming includes summer classes for kids and teens as part of FIAF’s summer camp program, a Fall 2011 concert/presentation as part of FIAF’s Young Audience Program, and the Arabic Music Semester Intensive (AMSI), a year-long program of beginner-through-advanced monthly workshops in theory, rhythm, and improvisation for adults and teens, starting on February 26. See spring schedule below.

Formed in 2007, the Orchestra is a 30-piece ensemble specializing in the performance of classical, contemporary, and popular vocal Arabic music. Its members, hailing from multiple music-professional and cultural backgrounds, form sections of oud (Arabic lute), nay (Arabic reed flute), the qanun (Arabic zither), Arabic percussion, Western strings, woodwinds, and chorus. Bassam Saba, known throughout the U.S. and abroad as one of Arabic music’s finest conductors, has led the NYAO via strict, intense training to an authentic sound and quality regarded highly around the world.

EDIT:  David Beem writes a humorous take on the Orchestra and funding issue in his recent post, Classical Musicians Eat their Young.