The local government wants to fuse the Sinfónica de Euskadi (OSE), founded in 1982 with the Sinfónica de Bilbao (BOS), founded 1920. Both are considered to be among the country’s best ensembles.
OSE has the Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the new Houston music director, at its helm. It employs 90 musicians and 14 adminstrative staff,. BOS employs 54 musicians and 13 member staff; the Music Director is Günter Neuhold. Four decades of cultural growth in Spain have gone into reverse.