Atlanta Symphony Musicians: We’ll Take a Pay Cut if You Will

Deadline looms in ASO contract negotiations(Photo: Jeff Roffman)
Deadline looms in ASO contract negotiations(Photo: Jeff Roffman)

A looming August 25th deadline has put a new wrinkle in contract negotiations for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Atlanta Symphony musicians have asked the administration to share in salary cuts.

The musicians have asked senior management to take a salary cut so junior and part-time staffers don’t take a hit they can’t afford.

Read Atlanta Symphony Musicians Ask Administration to Share in Salary Cuts (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Having Artists on Arts Organization Boards is Good for Both

If anything has come from the many public squabbles between musicians and symphony boards in recent years, it might be a better understanding by each of the others’ perspective.

Set designer John Lee Beatty accepted a position on the board of the Manhattan Theater Club some 20 years ago.  He termed himself “slightly cynical” at first, but says the experience changed his view of the purse-string holders.

Carnegie Hall’s list of performers who are former board members is a long one.  Renee Fleming, one of the world’s most recognizable performers, said, “It works to the organization’s advantage because we feel more committed to it.”

Read Stars Shine Brighter When They’re on Board (Wall Street Journal)

Gustavo Dudamel’s Eroica Tops the List of Great New Releases

Gustavo Dudamel’s star shines brightly, even in a town full of spotlight-seekers.

His recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is receiving rave reviews, while any concert conducted by the young Venezuelan makes Walt Disney Concert Hall the place to see and be seen in Tinsel Town.

Interestingly, though his star continues to rise in L.A., Dudamel has not forgotten his roots, or the young musicians in Caracas…

This recording features the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.

Read Editors Choice CD Releases from Limelight Magazine (Limelight)

Watch The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra at the BBC Proms