Baltimore Symphony continues to feel recession's grip
The news of more pay cuts and furloughs at the Baltimore Symphony, and a looming deficit after a couple of hard-won in-the-black years, provides another depressing reminder of how destructive this recession is for the arts. You can read more about the situation in my article in Friday's paper.
One thing that bears much repeating: This struggle at the BSO could not have been so calmly and carefully dealt with a few years ago under previous management. There's a level of cooperation and trust between orchestra and administration that hasn't been seen in that organization for quite a while. Morale can't be great over there now, especially among the musicians, but there's every indication that the BSO is holding together, artistically and institutionally. And that bodes well for the orchestra's future.
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