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Columbus Symphony musicians make budget proposal hoping to save orchestra

12:00AM
May
20, 2008

With the possibility there will NOT be a Columbus Symphony Orchestra next season, musicians came together Tuesday and presented a financial plan they hope will save the symphony.

CSO Might Lose Arts Council Funding

12:00AM
May
16, 2008

If the Columbus Symphony Orchestra hopes to resurrect itself for a fall season, it might have to do so without funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Columbus Symphony suspends summer operations

12:00AM
May
8, 2008

The Columbus Symphony has canceled its popular summer series and will suspend operations June 1. While the symphony is legally obligated to pay the musicians until the end August, officials say there is not enough money.

LISTEN: Extended interview with CSO President Buzz Trafford

12:00AM
April
29, 2008

Click the Listen Icon to hear Marilyn’ Smith’s interview with Columbus Symphony Orchestra President Robert “Buzz” Trafford.

Despite Season Saving Gift, CSO & Musicians Far Apart

12:00AM
April
29, 2008

A six-figure anonymous donation was made to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra so the show can go on until May. While that’s good news for many, including the CSO’s board and musicians, the stalemate between the two shows no improvement.

Musicians Reject CSO’s “Final Offer”

12:00AM
April
25, 2008

Musicians with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra say they have rejected what they call the symphony board’s final offer for a new contract.

Columbus Symphony, musicians’ union resume labor talks

12:00AM
March
18, 2008

Leaders of the financially struggling Columbus Symphony Orchestra and their musicians’ union met this afternoon for the first time in nearly two months. Union reps walked out of their last meeting, after the board proposed cutting 22 of the symphony’s 53 full-time positions.

Columbus Symphony Weeks Away from Insolvency

12:00AM
March
14, 2008

The chair of the Columbus Symphony board of directors says the orchestra will soon run out of money. Without an infusion of cash, Buzz Trafford says the orchestra could cease to function in less than 60 days.

City helps arts organizations

12:00AM
February
8, 2008

While the Columbus Symphony faces musician cuts and budget shortfalls, local cultural organizations and the city are banding together to find a long-term solution to problems with arts funding. Friday Columbus City Council pledged $700,000 dollars to the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium. They hope the funds will be matched by the county commissioners and corporate sponsors.

Death Knell for Columbus Symphony Orchestra?

12:00AM
January
31, 2008

Reaction to budget cuts at the Columbus Symphony Orchestra has been mixed. Some have expressed shock, others think it’s time the orchestra faced economic reality. At the moment it seems reconciliation between the symphony board and orchestra musicians is as wide as a chasm.