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Re: “Annotating the Music

Okay, a few things that are absolutely FALSE.
First, " don´t leave us hanging for a better-paying gig that weekend with a different orchestra." This is NEVER the case, because this has always been against the rules for Spokane Symphony members. A Symphony musician needs to give SEVERAL WEEKS´ NOTICE to take leave. Period. So they would never "leave us hanging for a better-paying gig that weekend with a different orchestra." FALSE.
Second, "reducing the pay of the musicians has been a last resort." No, it hasn´t. Has the Symphony re-programmed concerts to feature pieces that use fewer extra musicians, like it did in 2009-2010? NO. Has it replaced expensive guest stars with Symphony musicians as soloist, as it did with Mateusz Wolski on violin and Chip Phillips on clarinet in 2009 and 2010? NO, it hasn´t. Has it put on a benefit concert? NO. The last benefit concert the Symphony put on was in 2004 with Pink Martini. (I´m not talking about the Musicians´ Benefit Concert this past weekend; but an actual benefit concert put on by the Spokane Symphony itself.)
Really, this is NOT a last resort. Other things could have been tried before they slashed musicians´ salaries. We need to ask WHY these alternatives haven´t been tried.
Also, here are some fun facts for your information:
In no way are these other orchestras "facing similar financial challenges".
Philadelphia Orchestra Debt: 100 million (bankrupt)
Chicago Symphony Debt: 1.3 million
Minnesota Orchestra Debt: 2.9 million
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Debt: 1 million
Syracuse Symphony Debt: 5 million (bankrupt)
New Mexico Symphony Debt: 1.45 million (bankrupt)
Louisville Orchestra Debt: 814K (bankruptcy in 2010-just emerged)
Spokane Symphony Orchestra Surplus: 27K

Posted by symphonygal on 11/20/2012 at 11:23 PM

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