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Mr. Green is perhaps not aware that most full time orchestras also have a limit of 20 hours per week and 9 months per year. Orchestras that work more than 20 hours per week have a high incidence of physical disability, including carpal tunnel syndrome and dystonia. It is admirable that the symphony raised cash to meet these $120,000 worth of wasted services. (It has since cut several musician positions to save cash.) In particular it is amazing that in 2011, according to guidestar.org, the symphony raised over $200,000 more than it needed. If management had used those services for educational outreach and fundraising events, perhaps this non-profit would be even better off today. It is not ethical to base a vision for the future on a 2009 atypical economy. I notice that while there is an insistence that the symphony can only meet demand by downsizing orchestra events13%, the same tactic is not being taken for the spotlight series, which I think used to be called Fox Presents. Does the marketing department feel that it is less time consuming to foster demand for these performances?
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