The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Jeff Melanson as its new President and CEO, succeeding Andrew R. Shaw. Mr. Melanson, who has recently announced his decision to step down as CEO of the Banff Centre, will start his new duties on November 1. Speaking about the appointment, TSO board chair Christopher J. Hodgson said, “With Jeff, we have a bold change-agent recognized in Canada, and internationally, as a top cultural executive with passion and creativity, and the ability to build a clear recognized brand.”
Congratulations to Jeanne Lamon, long-time Music Director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and recent recipient of Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. “Receiving the Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement is a huge honour,” says Lamon. “The list of previous recipients is very impressive indeed and I will be humbled to be counted among them. Howard Mayer Brown was a towering and inspirational leader in the field of early music in America. His work influenced me profoundly in my performance of 17th c. Italian violin sonatas.”
Congratulations to the finalists in the 30th annual Competition of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, this year dedicated to voice. They include coloratura soprano Myriam Leblanc, soprano Samantha Louis-Jean, and baritone Jean-Philippe Mc Clish, and they’ll vie for the grand prize at the orchestra’s season finale concert on May 24.