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Orchestra News

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Receives Record-Setting Gifts

  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Receives Record-Setting Gifts In early June, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) received two gifts totaling $32 million—the largest in the orchestra’s 123-year history. The Zell Family Foundation made a $17 million gift to CSO’s endowment and general operating funds. The gift will be used to underwrite, in perpetuity, the position of music […]

Pittsburgh Symphony Plans Concerts in Canada and North Carolina

  Pittsburgh Symphony Plans Concerts in Canada and North Carolina Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will perform two concerts as part of the Lanaudière Festival, which takes place near Montreal, in July 2015. The trip will mark PSO’s third appearance at the festival; it most recently performed there in 2012. The orchestra had previously announced that […]

Omaha Symphony Ratifies Five-Year Contract

The Omaha Symphony announced a new five-year contract in mid-May, providing modest salary increases for musicians each year, as well as a 1% signing bonus in the first year of the contract. Altogether, base salaries will rise from $31,901 in first year to $35,024 in final year. The orchestra will also contribute $150 more toward […]

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Agrees to New Contract

Musicians and management of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have reached an agreement that will increase base salaries by 4.8% total over three years. This contract confirms that the orchestra has fully recovered from its bankruptcy in the mid-1990s and also the financial challenges faced during the recession.  Jeff Solomon, president of Local 256-733 (Birmingham, […]

Phoenix Symphony Ratifies Contract Six Months Early

Musicians of the Phoenix Symphony have ratified a one-year agreement, six months ahead of the expiration of their current contract. The new agreement goes into effect September 15, 2014 and will cover the period through October 31, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive one-year agreement; the first included a wage freeze and the following three […]

Vienna Orchestra Faces Nazi Past

In the latest move to come to grips with its Nazi past, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will return a neo-impressionist Paul Signac painting to its rightful owners. The Nazis looted the painting from French resistance figure and publisher Marcel Koch and gave it to the orchestra in 1940. It will be given to Koch’s heirs. […]

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Saves Season

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO), which announced this in March that it was close to depleting its cash reserves, has raised enough money to finish its 2013-2014 season. MSO held several benefit concerts and received two $100,000 donations since its public appeal.

San Diego Opera Hanging On

The San Diego Opera’s board of directors may take steps to try and save the company through a reorganization plan, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report.

Oregon Symphony Sets Ticket Sales Record

The Oregon Symphony announced that it brought in more than $7 million in ticket sales this season, setting an organizational record and comprising 50% of the orchestra’s budget. Ticket sale revenue was at $5.5 million at this time last year.  As part of a contract negotiated last year, the musicians have been involved in working […]

Huston Symphony Sees Increase in New Contract

The Houston Symphony reached a four-year contract agreement calling for musician salary increases of 2.85% annually, which will bring salaries to $97,240 by the end of the term. The agreement was reached ahead of schedule and goes into effect October 5. The contract will allow for additional concerts and expanded community and education activities.