There’s been quite a bit of unfortunate news for American orchestras in the past week or so. Here’s a roundup of what I’ve noticed lately. Fortunately, there is no mention of the Oregon Symphony here – and in fact, ticket sales for next season are very strong. I think that people here in Portland are catching on to what some of the major orchestras in the U.S. are now realizing – that we’ve got great leadership in Carlos Kalmar, along with a great orchestra and management staff.
- Who will save the arts in Detroit?
- Detroit Symphony struggles.
- Baltimore Symphony cuts wages over 16%.
- Editorial: BSO makes best of bad situation.
and, sadly, the Charleston Symphony suspended operations this week:
and there was one bright spot this week, in the form of a $30 million gift – for the MET.
And though it’s great for Carlos, Levine’s additional absence from the Boston Symphony may have some long-term consequences for the orchestra.