Two reporters from the Tribune have been delving into the symphony orchestra’s finances and find cause for gloom.
The CSO, they find, is still paying off the 1997 renovation of its concert hall, and the debt is getting deeper. The man who was in charge at the time, Henry Fogel, has gone all media shy and won’t take questions. Fogel was also the exec who broke the $100,000 barrier for players wages and set them at the top of the national pay tree, where they remain to this day, at minimum $144,000 a year.
Read a thoughtful piece of reporting here.