Near-death orchestra gets a reprieve

Near-death orchestra gets a reprieve


norman lebrecht

January 19, 2016

Reports through the night from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra indicate that the musicians have taken a pay cut – another one – and the organisation will struggle through to the end of the season.

No confirmation until later today. Beyond that? Hartford needs to show it really wants and deserves an orchestra.

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  • Brian Hughes says:

    Your reports are accurate, Norman. My own sources on the ground have indicated the same. This is the second major salary cut since 2010.


  • Jeff Harman says:

    This is truly sad news. The additional pay cut, not that they are gone as an orchestra. This is a fundamental failure of the board and CEO to raise money for the endowment of the HSO. I believe they are the ones who are responsible for this debacle and are incompetent.But this is nothing new. The larger problem is that listening public has to put pressure on the CEO and Board to make sure all this happens. That is if they really care about this great regional orchestra. I’m not sure they want it that badly and it shows in times when the musicians of the HSO really need help.

  • NYMike says:

    Missing in this thread is that the HSO and its performing venue, the Bushnell Center, have the same administration – a conflict of interest much like the Woodruff Center/Atlanta Symphony situation. Both venues are presenters of other events and vie for the same funding as their captive orchestras.

  • NYMike says:

    Not mentioned in this thread in the conflict of interest involving the HSO and the Bushnell Center sharing administrations – similar to the Woodruff Center and the Atlanta Symphony situation. Both centers present other concerts and vie with their captive orchestras for funding.