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AUDITIONS

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Cello Section / Violoncelle section
Section Bassoon (one-year leave replacement) / Basson section (remplacement d’un an)
Application deadline/Date limite : April 18 avril 2014

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal/Utility Bassoonaudition date changed to June 9, 2014
Application deadline/Date limite : April 4 avril 2014

 

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Teams Up With the Toronto Public Library

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Teams Up With the Toronto Public Library

From March 17 to April 7, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is helping the Toronto Public Library celebrate the its Keep Toronto Reading Festival. This year, the spotlight is on the library’s One Book community reading recommendation, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. The themes of this bestselling novel – human resilience, artistic expression in times of conflict, and hope despite adversity – will be explored at dozens of library branches throughout Toronto.

As part of the festival, the Library is presenting 22 days of cello performances in unexpected places across the city. Cellists from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will “pop up” in iconic locations across Toronto to perform, and mirror, the actions of the novel’s “cellist of Sarajevo” who plays Albinoni’s Adagio for 22 days to commemorate 22 civilians killed by a bomb blast. From local landmarks to libraries and civic centres, the cello performances begin on Monday, March 17, 2014 and continue daily until Monday, April 7, 2014. A list of dates and locations is available at keeptorontoreading.ca. Other festival highlights include an evening of hope-inspired music with TSO principal Cello, Joseph Johnson.

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What are you reading?

What are you reading?

We’ve got some comic relief this week, in case you haven’t already checked it out. It’s the archived video of Rick Mercer’s visit to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last month, as he learns the elements of conducting an orchestra from TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian (and a particularly to-the-point percussionist). You can view it here.

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Congratulations to Juno Nominees!

Congratulations to Juno Nominees!

The Juno nominations for 2014 were announced last week, and an impressive list of Orchestras Canada members and friends were honoured in the four relevant categories. In the solo/chamber category, we salute violinist James Ehnes and pianists Jan Lisiecki, Janina Fialkowska, Louis Lortie, and Stewart Goodyear. In the large ensemble (with or without soloist) category, the Junos recognize Angela Hewitt, James Ehnes, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few (with Toronto’s Group of 27), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In the choral/vocal category, we note recordings by Group of 27, Isabel Bayrakdarian and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (with Marie-Nicole Lemieux), and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Alan Gordon Bell, James O’Callaghan, R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Chatman, and Tim Brady vie for the Classical Composition of the Year honours. For more information – and the complete list – please visit junoawards.ca.

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Toronto Symphony’s New Creations Festival:  Ten Great Years

Toronto Symphony’s New Creations Festival: Ten Great Years

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its 10th annual New Creations Festival, a three-concert extravaganza which runs from March 1 to 7. This year’s festival has a slight retrospective tinge, with artists and works from previous festivals featured alongside two new TSO commissions and five Canadian premieres. Featured composers include John Adams (a number of whose works will be performed), Magnus Lindberg, Brian Current, Vincent Ho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zosha Di Castri, and Kevin Lau. Soloists include Yefim Bronfman, Shauna Rolston, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Leila Josefowicz. TSO music director Peter Oundjian and special guest John Adams will conduct.

It wouldn’t be a festival, though, without significant thought being given to the ambiance both on and off the stage, and the TSO has not stinted in this regard! New Creations will feature pre-concert performances, intermission chats, and post-concert parties, and programming includes pre-concert performances by the Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble conducted by Brian Current; the Gryphon Trio performing new works from the Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop; and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

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Job Board

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AUDITIONS

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal/Utility Bassoon
Application deadline/Date limite : April 4 avril 2014

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Substitute/Extra Cello
Application deadline/Date limite : February 24 février 2014

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Executive Director
Application deadline/Date limite : February 28 février 2014

COMPOSERS / COMPOSITEURS

Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra
PEISO 2014 Composition Competition
Application deadline/Date limite : June 30 juin 2014

 

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New Seasons

New Seasons

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2014-15 concerts, a buzz-worthy season that includes the group’s first overseas tour since 2000, in August; Mozart@259 Festival (curated by Bernard Labadie) in January; a two-week long Piano Extravaganza festival curated by Emanuel Ax in February (and which will also introduce the TSO’s new Steinway grand piano); the 11th annual New Creations Festival, curated in 2015 by George Benjamin; and a celebration of Sir Andrew Davis (who made his first appearance with the TSO in 1974, and began a long tenure as Music Director in 1975). As well, the season marks the beginning of the second decade of Peter Oundjian’s music directorship – all in all, much to celebrate. For more information, please visit tso.ca.

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ADVOCACY: Changes at Canada Post

ADVOCACY: Changes at Canada Post

As was broadly reported before Christmas, Canada Post has recently published a Five Point Action Plan, detailing a series of changes it is proposing to make to its operations—including significant increases to the cost of mailing letters and parcels, effective March 31, 2014. Orchestras Canada thanks the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for providing estimates of the impact of these cost increases on very short notice. We were able to pass these estimates on to Imagine Canada for potential inclusion in their brief to the Minister of Transport. For more information on the Canada Post changes, you can consult their Action Plan here.

 

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Lunar New Year Celebration at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates the advent of the Year of the Horse, with a star-studded concert on February 3 that will be hosted by the Canadian best-known in China, Mark Rowswell (aka Dashan), and features pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, cellist Jian Wang, and special guest, soprano Song Zuying. Repertoire includes works by Tan Dun, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, and Mao Yuan; Long Yu conducts.

And, as the TSO’s helpful media release reminds us, “the Year of the Horse symbolizes happiness, loyalty, and a strong work ethic. People born in the year of the horse enjoy being the centre of attention as well as participating in large cultural events, especially concerts!”

 

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Advocacy Alert

Advocacy Alert

In April 2013, the Accounting Standards Board and the Public Sector Accounting Board published a new draft Statement of Principles for not for profit financial reporting standards. Some of the principles represent no real change from current good practice; others could have a significant impact on the ways that not-for-profit organizations will report.

The bodies have set a December 15 deadline for response from the sector, and Orchestras Canada is now asking you to weigh in. To help, we’ve prepared some tools, so you can inform yourself, and lend your voice to the coordinated responses coming forward from Canada’s charitable and not for profit sector. Orchestras Canada has already written to the Boards, supporting the approach recommended by Imagine Canada’s expert panel: but we’ve been advised that the most effective responses are united and many in number. Please write!

To put these materials together, we’ve relied not only on the expert panels assembled by Imagine Canada and the Ontario Non-Profit Network, but also a trio of experts from our own membership: Lisa Hamel of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mary Ann Moir of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Jeffrey Sloan of the National Arts Centre.

You can find a link to the draft Statement of Principles, Imagine Canada’s detailed technical response, AND a template letter that you can customize on behalf of your own orchestra, here.

Lisa Hamel

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