In a surprise announcement, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said, Tuesday, he will not seek a fifth term. Coleman made the announcement alongside his cabinet and staff members and family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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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 with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra say they have rejected what they call the symphony board’s final offer for a new contract.
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.
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.
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.
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.