The Västerås Sinfonietta has served its community, west of Stockholm, for 130 years. The town has a beautiful 900-seat concert hall, built at public expense in 2002.
Now the hall’s board of directors and its chief executive, Dag Celsing, have decided to abolish the Sinfonietta and replace it with visiting ensembles to save on payroll and social costs.
Thirty-three musicians will lose their jobs before the year is out. The proposal has gone to the town council.
You can help the musicians (and the town) by signing this petition (for non-Swedish speakers – Namn: Name and Stad/Ort: Town – and don’t forget to fill in the captcha).