After 55 years in the business, Ann Summers Dossena of Ann Summers International has announced her retirement from artists’ management. Recognized as a tireless innovator throughout her career, Ms Summers Dossena will devote herself to the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA), the non-profit, charitable organization she founded in the 1980s to help singers, dancers and other performing artists develop their full potential. Key projects include the acquisition of space to host a library of donated scores; mentoring artists one on one and in groups; holding round-table discussions exchanging ideas and challenges; and continuing the workshops Career Moves and Encounters with Employers. For more information, please visit ircpa.net. And to read more about Ms Summer’s remarkable career, please visit ircpa.net.
Symphony New Brunswick has announced that music director Michael Newnham‘s contract has been extended for another 3 years. Speaking about the news, SNB General Manager Jennifer Grant said, “There has been a continuity of musical development with Maestro Newnham, of which we are very proud and which we would like to continue. Michael’s rapport with the musicians and the audience is fantastic and I believe I speak for everyone involved with SNB, when I say that we are very happy that Michael has chosen to extend his contract. The audience can look forward to some great shows from an orchestra that just keeps getting better!”
The PEI Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of their new music director, succeeding Dr. James Mark in the role. The new leader at the PEISO is Mark Shapiro, a busy conductor and teacher based in New York, who is a four-time winner of the ASCAP Programming Award for adventurous programming. He is also principal guest conductor of Halifax’s Nova Sinfonia.
Congratulations to musician Michael Hope (Calgary Philharmonic bassoonist and a well-known singer who has performed as soloist with many Canadian orchestras) on the release of his new CD,”Hallelujah”. The release coincides with a 5-concert Calgary release tour that started on October 20, and will continue until the beginning of December, to five churches in Calgary. Hope says that he chose the five churches not only for their splendid acoustics, but also for their commitment to community and outreach missions, something with which Hope is deeply aligned. Proceeds from the concerts will be donated to such causes as the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, Various Outreach and Music Ministries, and Flood Relief. For more information, please visit michaelhope.net.