Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cost-cutting in Cleveland

The Cleveland Orchestra becomes the latest to cut back on salaries and concerts in the face of the economic downturn.

Facing a $7.5 million deficit, the orchestra has obtained $300,000 in salary give-backs from its music director, Franz Welser-Möst, and executive director, Gary Hanson, and will cut salaries of other administrative staff from 5-10 percent. The 2009-10 subscription season will be shortened and the orchestra will cancel any tour engagements "projected to be unprofitable," Zachary Lewis and Tony Brown report in The Plain Dealer: