The Tonhalle Orchestra, which has risen to world renown under David Zinman’s inspired leadership since 1995, has been hit by bad results.
The actual loss is quite small – SFr 400,000 ($436,000) on a budget of SFr 29 million, but the underlying trend is alarming. Box-office is down 10 percent, subscriptions 7 percent, and capacity across the last season fell to a record low of 72 percent. Zinman is due to leave in 2014, along with chief executive Elmar Weingarten and president Peter Stüber.
A search committee has been appointed to nominate successors. Read on here.