Week in Review – September 19, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

INTERNATIONAL
While Scotland decided its fate this week, two related and unusual arts stories popped up. Apparently ukeleles are trumping the traditional recorder as the instrument of choice for Scottish school children… And a small city in Pakistan supplies much of the world’s bagpipies…

FILM
After years of decidedly mixed financial results, many states are saying “Cut! That’s a wrap!” to once revered film tax credits. Except California, which is doubling down after seeing one of its key industries fly to other states…

JAZZ
One of our singer tweeps gets a little TMI when describing her next album:

OPERA
In an expected move to satisfy its shiny new labor contracts, the Metropolitan Opera eliminates 22 nonunion positions, largely through layoffs. The cuts are expected to save the company as much as $90M over four years. Meanwhile, the new season gets underway with as many as 1,500 workers at once making it happen: DANCE
This from the Washington School of Ballet‘s adorable “Decorate a Pointe Shoe” contest…

VISUAL
Attendance at the Corcoran Museum of Art has quadrupled since a judge approved the museum’s merger that will end its independence and shrink its collection.  Former Corcoran staffers will hold a funeral for the museum, complete with obituary and cemetery walk

One defiant creditor still wants to sell the Detroit Institute of Art‘s collection, swimming upstream against every remaining creditor that has settled with the city. If the bankruptcy plan is not approved, the museum is prepared to sue to protect its collection…

And a tweep gives us the shivers:

CLASSICAL
Further fallout from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra labor dispute—the group’s youth orchestra auditions have been indefinitely postponed by request of the American Federation of Musicians. The season would have marked the youth ensemble’s 40th anniversary…

CROWD
From Kickstarter: Boston-area singers want help archiving renowned local singer Mary Pratt‘s work, threatened due to the onset of her Alzheimer’s:

From Indiegogo: The only performing arts conservatory in the state of South Carolina wants your help to open their doors

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