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A Word of Thanks

A Word of Thanks

Orchestras Canada’s national meetings took place June 12 to 14 in Toronto, and the staff and board of Orchestras Canada would like to thank the many people and organizations that made the meetings possible. We learned a lot, we loved seeing delegates from across Canada, and we look forward to doing it again next year!

We’d like to acknowledge our amazing sponsors: marquee sponsor Great West Life/London Life/Canada Life; presentation sponsors TicketPro and Beatty Media Projects; coffee break sponsors Cowan Insurance Group, Dean Artists, and Long & McQuade; and KPMG for donating meeting space and technical support on June 14. We’re superlatively grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and Dr. George Freundlich for helping to underwrite the costs of our travel bursary and Next Generation Leaders programs. Thanks also to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for hosting an intermission reception for us!

Hats off to our remarkable presenters: Maggie Hartnick and Hil Moss of LaPlaca Cohen; Renaud Legoux of HEC Montréal; Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute; and Judy Harquail of Ontario Presents, Tim Yerxa of the Fredericton Playhouse, and Sam Varteniuk of the Registry Theatre.

Heartfelt thanks to our facilitators and moderators: Jane Marsland, Debra Chandler, Micheline McKay, Renaud Legoux, Randy Barnard.

And a special shout-out to our panelists: Denny Young, Elaine Calder, Robert Fraser, Kimberly Raycroft, Tim Crouch, Jennifer Bryan, Marie-Josée Desrochers, Tricia Baldwin, Rick Dunlop, Thérèse Boutin, Jeff Alexander, Brian Emmett, and Paul Wells. You generously shared what you know, and we all learned from you.

Planning is now underway for our 2015 meetings, and we look forward to sharing updates with you soon!

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Congratulations to artistic polymath Robert Lepage, recently announced as the 10th laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize. In announcing the award, Brian Levine (Executive Director of the Glenn Gould Foundation) stated, “I would like to congratulate our jury on an inspired selection. Robert Lepage is an artist whose dreams have expanded the realm of possibility and whose work transcends all boundaries. His work illuminates the human condition in that same spirit of innovation and idealism that motivated Glenn Gould.”

Alana Gralen has been appointed as the interim General Manager of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Peter Feldman. A violinist with over 30 years of performance experience, Ms Gralen also holds an MA in Communications and has previously served on the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Board of Directors and Chair of that orchestra’s Players Association. She moved to Ottawa with her husband last summer.

Symphony Nova Scotia has announced that Robert Uchida, who has served as SNS’s concertmaster since 2006, is taking a sabbatical from that role to take up the same post with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, effective summer 2013. In an SNS media release, Robert says, “of course leaving Symphony Nova Scotia will be bittersweet, but I am very excited to be joining the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster. Working with Bill Eddins and the wonderful musicians of the ESO, while playing the great symphonic repertoire in the world class Francis Winspear Centre is something that I am thrilled to be a part of.” He will complete the current season with Symphony Nova Scotia before starting his sabbatical, and will return to Halifax during the 2013-14 season to lead the orchestra in a number of guest appearances.

Heartfelt congratulations to Dr. George Freundlich, long-time donor and friend to Orchestras Canada, who was recently recognized as an International Humanitarian, Philanthropist and Cultural Ambassador by the Rumanian General Consul at a ceremony in Toronto. Dr. George is a medical doctor in Matheson, Ontario, regular performer with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra and All Star Big Band, and supporter of many worthy cultural causes.

Back in November 2011, we published a review by Dr. Patrick P.L. Lam of Tanya Buchdahl Tintner’s biography of conductor Georg Tintner. Dr. Tintner, of course, had a fascinating international career, with some key Canadian appointments, including music directorship of Symphony Nova Scotia and regular appearances with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. We’re delighted to report that Out of Time – The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner has now been published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in Canada, and you can order it on-line, here. If you’d like to read Dr. Lam’s enthusiastic review, you can find it here.

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New on the Orchestras Canada Website

New on the Orchestras Canada Website

In recent years, Orchestras Canada’s major professional development activities have taken place at our National Meetings, gatherings co-hosted by OC member orchestras that have attracted between 40 and 60 attendees. We’ve had amazing and insightful presentations by top-notch researchers and practitioners on topics of real importance to people concerned with the health and vitality of Canadian orchestras – but until recently, we haven’t been able to share the learnings with our broader membership.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Dr. George Freundlich, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Summer Experience Program and the Canada Summer Jobs program of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, we were able to record four key presentations from Vancouver, hire young Canadian composer/performer Mike Romaniak to edit the presentations and synch them to their PowerPoint slides, and commission, record and synch simultaneous interpretations (in French) of the presentations. And they’re now available for your viewing pleasure on OC’s website! Visit orchestrascanada.org.

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