Music critic David Stabler of The Oregonian has a full report on the financial problems at the Oregon Symphony online here. It’s a tough time for arts organizations everywhere, and the orchestra’s president Elaine Calder says that she will scrutinize every nook and cranny in its budget and operations. Calder was in Chicago a week ago for the 64th National Conference of the League of American Orchestra, and I’m sure that fund raising and budgets were among the issues most discussed.
Chicago is where Oregon Symphony conductor Carlos Kalmar is leading the Grant Park Orchestra. Here’s a very positive review of Kalmar and the orchestra in the Chicago Tribune. I don’t know how long the link will be available, so I’ll excerpt a quote from the article by the Tribune’s classical music critic, John von Rhein:
Just as the festival is observing a major milestone, so is Carlos Kalmar, who’s celebrating his 10th season as music director. The orchestra is playing better than ever under his vigorous leadership, a fact that was evident in the two Russian war horses that made up the program, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” heard in the Ravel orchestration.
Here’s a link to a positive review in the Chicago Classical Review of another Kalmar-led concert at Grant Park.
All in all, the Oregon Symphony is not the only orchestra that has made great strides under Kalmar.