International Musician

Monthly journal providing news and information for professional musicians. Includes legislation updates and audition notices.

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 2, February

Angela Hewitt: ONE PIANIST IN HUNDREDS OF PLACES
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt is calling from Umbria, Italy. Normally you might say "sunny Italy," but not this week, with much of Europe in the grip of a brutal cold wave. Hewitt, a longtime member of Local 180 (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON), is taking time...
Bringing Back the Vision to Our Orchestras
My preparation for this article started with a review of recent news stories about symphony orchestras. I was discouraged by the many stories of organizational failures and demands for change in the 21st century orchestra model that have been highlighted...
Copyright Law, Fair Use 101 for Musicians
(ProQuest: ... denotes text missing in the original.)For professional musicians, music is their livelihood, and for many, it's also how they survive financially, so protecting their work is critical. That's why copyright laws exist. Yet, many musicians...
Drummer Paul DeLong Keeps a Jazzy Beat
After hearing Chick Webb's recording of "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)," and seeing the 1964 Ed Sullivan Show featuring The Beatles, Paul DeLong of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) developed an affinity for drumming. Fast forward to 1986, when he garnered...
DSO Management Unwilling to Compromise
Ongoing since October, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) strike is now the longest in the orchestra's history. Still, management shows no willingness to budge from its position.Elected officials intervened in mid-December, when Michigan Governor Jennifer...
Flashback
PUBLISHED IN PAST JANUARY ISSUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN ...60 Years Ago1951The IM reported on the vanishing of "serious music" from radio airways in the past six months. CBS had abolished its symphony orchestra, replacing it with a "utility" group...
Honolulu Musicians and Residents Hope for New Orchestra
In mid-December, Honolulu Symphony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, beginning the process of liquidation. The organization had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2009, and for a year, management failed to produce a reorganization plan.The Symphony...
Louisville Orchestra Must Abide by Contract
After two days of testimony in federal bankruptcy court, a judge sided with Louisville Orchestra musicians, ruling that they must be paid according to their contract with the orchestra through May 2011. The orchestra stopped paying its musicians December...
MAA's Refusal to Bargain with AFM Is an Unfair Labor Practice
Judge Rules The Cleveland Orchestra Must Negotiate Media Issues with the AFM, not Local 4On January 13, 2011 Administrative Law Judge Eric M. Fine held that Musical Arts Association (MAA) committed an unfair labor practice when it refused to negotiate...
Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center Reopens
The Nashville Symphony performed in its Schermerhorn Symphony Center up until May 1, 2010, the weekend the devastating Nashville flooding began. Then, the hall fell silent due to the 24 feet of water that poured into it, following two days where more...
Presenting United Front through Better Communication
Over the past six months, the Federation has experienced some changes. A significant one, as you read in Bruce Fife's November article in the IM, was the creation of AFM International Executive Board (IEB) subcommittees to address policy issues, compliance...
Resources
THE GRAMOPHONE CLASSICAL MUSIC GUIDE 2010Classical music has never been so readily available, but that makes it even more difficult to make buying decisions. Drawing on more than 80 years of classical music review, the Gramophone Classical Music Guide...
Slap That Bass Libby Blatt-A Life in Music
"I'm 87," says Libby Blatt of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC) without hesitation. "I never lied about my age, it's silly." She is sitting in her sunny kitchen in a Washington, DC, suburb. "I'm really proud I'm still vertical," she says, "It's so important,...
Take Note
CHANGESCONNECTICUT STATE CONFERENCE-President Victor Vigdor, Local 802; Tel: 203-853-6968, New Acting Secretary Roy Wiseman, Local 400; 201 Tunxis Road; West Hartford, CT 06107; Tel: 860-828-3563LOCAL 25, TERRE HAUTE, IN-New Secretary David Gibbs; P.O....
Team AFM Meets the Recording Industry
On January 11, 2011, the Federation opened negotiations with the Sound Recording Industry for a successor Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA). The agreement currently in effect was reached in 2006 and expired one year ago.The SRLA is one of the most...
Wincenc Celebrates Ruby Anniversary with Expanding Contemporary Flute Repertoire
Flutist Carol Wincenc of Local 802 (New York City) once played Mozart's G Major Flute Concerto No. 1 on top of Mount Eolus, in Colorado. A violinist at four years old and ballerina at seven, she eventually chose the flute because she had her mind set...