Nashville Symphony And Musicians Agree on Four-Year Contract (With Raises!)

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“The agreement, which goes into effect immediately, provides 3 percent pay increases for the first two years of the deal. The musicians may enter into a wage renegotiation for each of the last two years of the deal. Last year, with the Schermerhorn Symphony Center facing foreclosure, the musicians took a 15 percent pay reduction and worked on a one-year deal.”

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While People Make Viola Jokes

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“In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there’s a reason for that.”

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A New Think Tank On The Future Of Orchestras

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“Andrew Balio sees the Future Symphony Institute as a first step toward creating a permanent orchestra think tank, perhaps sponsored by a foundation or university someday. Whether or not that happens, the Baltimore session promises to add fresh food for thought, starting with how the institute came about.”

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Fed-Up Riccardo Muti Quits Rome Opera

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In a letter to the director of the chaotic, strike-plagued, financially unstable house, the conductor wrote, “There are no conditions [there] to ensure the serenity necessary to my leading successful productions.”

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Atlanta Symphony Lockout: Donald Runnicles Speaks (Very) Frankly

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“The lockout is essentially the board and management punishing the orchestra … It’s a one-sided attempt to force the orchestra to its collective knees. It also paints the orchestra as this intransigent group of musicians. But in fact they have shown extraordinary willingness to come to a common agreement, as what happened two years ago proves.”

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Labor War Over, Met Opera’s Army Mobilizes For Opening Night

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“The Met is an enormous operation – more than 1,500 people go to work there some days – and the weeks before opening night are among the busiest of the year. … A day spent backstage at the Met this week as the company prepared for its opening night on Monday provided a snapshot of the work, care and expense that go into putting on opera.” (includes video)

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Danish Radio Disbands Its Chamber Orchestra

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“Denmark’s state broadcaster DR announced yesterday that budget cuts would see its chamber orchestra close in January. DR’s Danish National Chamber Orchestra or ‘Underholdningsorkestret’ – previously known as the Danish Radio Sinfonietta – will cease playing in January though it would appear DR’s symphony orchestra will remain unaffected.”

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The Met Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs

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“The company said it had eliminated nonunion positions across the opera house, cutting jobs in its artistic, finance, marketing, development, and technical departments — through attrition in some cases, but primarily through layoffs.”

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