17. October 2012 · Comments Off on Orchestra News & More · Categories: News

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agreed to a new contract Tuesday to end a weekslong lockout and clear the way for the resumption of concerts.

Complete Indianapolis Story

After months of contract negotiations with the managements of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, the musicians of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization have authorized a strike.

Seattle Symphony & Opera Story

Management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday said it has delivered a “voting offer” to its musicians, in search of a resolution of their contract dispute. If the union does not accept the terms by 6 p.m. Sunday, management said it will lock out the musicians and cancel concerts through Nov. 4.

SPCO Story

The Minnesota Orchestra musicians may be locked out, but they certainly are not silenced.

The group practiced today in St. Paul as they gear up for a concert on Thursday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It would have been opening night for their concert season.

The musicians have been locked out since October, 1 after they and the Minnesota Orchestral Association could not come to a contract agreement.

Minnesota Orchestra Story

The Banff Centre says its residencies for classical musicians are safe, despite a letter that has been circulating from its outgoing co-artistic director of music, uninviting classical musicians for future residencies and expressing concern about the future of the program.

“We are 100 per cent committed to classical music,” said Banff Centre president Jeff Melanson, when reached in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday. “This is not about killing classical music.”

Banff Story

For our symphony concerts this week we have been moved to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve not been on that stage for a very long time. (We are in the pit for ballet performances.) It will be interesting to compare it to our newish home, the California Theatre.

I had wondered why we were moved. My first thought was that it had something to do with a political event, but it’s so close to the election that had me puzzled. But now the “Ah-hah!” moment has come, having run into this article that includes this:

One of the more interesting things of note about Apple’s invitation to their Oct. 23 special event is where it will take place. Instead of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center, or the Cupertino campus, Apple chose to launch the possible “iPad Mini” at San Jose’s California Theatre. This historic location was last used for an Apple event in 2005.

So that’s it! Apple and the new iPad. I’d love to see what’s coming!

(Gee, and I just had to get my brand new iPad swapped out because yours truly clumsily dropped it. Sigh.)

17. October 2012 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

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