GENERAL CULTURAL COLLAPSE

South Africa’s National Symphony Orchestra plays its final concert. The rest of the country’s orchestras are teetering and may follow the National out of business within a month or two. Critics wonder if this signals the general collapse of the country’s arts institutions. – South Africa Daily Mail and Telegraph

WHERE THE CONTEMPORARY THRIVES

If it’s January and it’s really cold outside, it must be Winnipeg. It used to be necessary to marvel at the enormous crowds that flock to the Winnipeg Symphony’s annual festival of contemporary music in January. But after eight years, one of North America’s most successful new music festivals has firmly established itself. – Toronto Globe and Mail