Week in Review – April 25, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

CLASSICAL
Minnesota Orchestra has rehired acclaimed Finnish music director Osmo Vanska who resigned amid the ensemble’s tortuous 16-month labor lockout. The rehire comes with vast community support – a “Finnish It!” campaign caught fire in the Twin Cities, with supporters wearing the blue and white colors of the Finnish flag…

Under new regulations that began in February, instruments that have any amount of ivory are banned from entering the U.S. unless it can be proved that they were purchased before 1976, including any violin bows with a small piece of ivory at the tip, and also some bassoon bells and piano keys…

OPERA
San Diego Opera apparently can’t actually close with just a board vote. Approval from the San Diego Opera Association, a group of over 800 members who donate at least $100 each, is also required and is by no means certain. The Association and board will both meet Monday.

Amid the Metropolitan Opera‘s ongoing labor negotiations, one chorus member shares what her time is actually worth

JAZZ
Signs of a turnaround for Impulse Records bodes well for a renaissance in major-label jazz divisions…

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awards $1.7 million in unrestricted grants to 13 jazz artists

THEATRE
South Carolina’s House of Representatives voted to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston‘s budget after it assigned Alison Bechdel‘s gay-themed memoir Fun Home to incoming freshman. Not to be silenced, Bechdel and the entire cast, director, and composer of the Public Theater’s recently closed musical production of the book reunited for two sold-out performances at an off-campus theatre near the college.

LITERATURE
On James Baldwin‘s 90th birthday, the African-American writer’s presence in classrooms is fading, some say due to his unflinching take on racism, some say to make room for more modern black authors…

VISUAL
Conservators at the Art Institute of Chicago are using a new laser technique to unearth the original paint pigment of an 1883 Renoir. The pigment, made of crushed insects, creates a striking red color that fades over time…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: The Light Factory wants to build two new galleries, a darkroom, and digital classroom in its Charlotte, NC digs…

From Indiegogo: Dancer Clement Mensah wants to lead creative movement workshops with 200 children in Cambodia…

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