It’s been a tumultuous year for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. It nearly went bankrupt; lost its popular conductor Junichi Hirokami; and musicians for a time refused salary and benefits concessions.
The conductor and music director of the Columbus Symphony has left the financially troubled orchestra. News that Junichi Hirokami would not return to the CSO podium came after the board of trustees received notice from Hirokami on Thursday.
The contract approved by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra board and musicians makes the CSO a leaner operation. The number of musicians remains at 53, but their pay is cut by more than 25 percent.