Les Violons du Roy, in concert with music director Bernard Labadie, have announced a change of title and duties for Maestro Labadie, starting in the 2014-15 season. While remaining deeply involved with the orchestra’s local, national, and international activities, and continuing as music director of La Chapelle de Quebec, he will take the title of Founding Conductor with the orchestra. Speaking about the change, Maestro Labadie said, “I turned 50 this year, and having led Les Violons for almost 30 years, I sense a need for change, to concentrate all of my energies on music, and—to be frank—to test myself a bit. These reflections have led me to want to modify my role with this extraordinary organization.” The orchestra’s board of directors is now in the process of assembling a committee to lead a renewal and search process.
Congratulations to the many distinguished Canadians recently appointed to, or promoted within, the order of Canada. We’d like to offer particularly fervent applause to Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (appointed as an honorary member of the Order), and Jacques Lacombe, music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Riviéres, appointed to the Order as well.
Symphony Nova Scotia has recently announced the return of Heidi MacPhee to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications. She will work with Janice Fuller, who was her parental leave replacement, in SNS’s marketing department.