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Minnesota Ballet Company Hit Hard by Flood

Recent flooding in Minnesota has left an estimated $100 million dollars of damage in its wake.  Some of the flood waters made it into the storage space of the Minnesota Ballet.

An estimated 90 percent of sets and backdrops (were) affected by(recent) flooding.

The ballet company my be the hardest hit of the local arts organizations...an estimated 90% of sets and backdrops were damaged. Read Minnesota Ballet Company Suffers Real-Life Flood Drama (Duluth News Tribune)

New York Opera Company Offers Free Performances in City Parks for 39th Year

Vincent La Selva's name is heard often on our airwaves.  He is an acknowledged Verdi expert and, in spite of what some might say, a stellar musician.

 The company’s greatest coup was an eight-year complete cycle of Verdi’s operas, which wrapped up in 2001.

For 39 years New York Grand Opera, led by its founder and conductor, Vincent La Selva, has put on fully staged performances of classic works.  It might be worth a trip to the Big Apple. Read Puccini’s Spending his Summer in the Park (NY Times)

Philly Pops Musicians Believe Orchestra Will Not Make it Without Peter Nero

Encore Series Inc., the business side of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philly Pops recently moved to oust Peter Nero, the longtime Pops conductor.  The local American Federation of Musicians has now called in a federal mediator in the dispute over Nero's contract. The AFM has become involved because...

"if the Pops suspends operations, 60 or more of its members will lose a substantial portion of their annual income. The Pops is one of the city's prime sources of work for many freelance musicians."

A union spokesman went on to say, "Accordingly, as a major stakeholder in ESI's bankruptcy, we cannot support a plan of reorganization that provides for the revocation of Mr. Nero's contract and the termination of his involvement with the Philly Pops." Read Musicians' Group Calls in a  Mediator in Nero Contract Dispute (Philly.com)