Tuesday, February 3, 2009

'This is a very tough time'

Musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony will take an 11 percent cut in salaries, on top of 15 pay cuts for the orchestra's administrative staff, to help ease a $3.8 million deficit, Janelle Gelfand reports in the Cincinnati Enquirer:


The Shreveport (LA) Symphony, mired in a long-running labor dispute, cancels the rest of the season:


The Charleston (SC) Symphony considers cutting $500,000 from its $2.9 million budget next season:


The Augusta (GA) Opera cancels the rest of its 2008-09 season:


The Portland (ME) Symphony will cut staff, reduce salaries and cancel summer pops concerts in the face of a $200,000 deficit:


"This is a very tough time," says Ari Solotoff, the Maine orchestra's executive director.