We usually only hear about how much orchestra musicians and their Music Directors are compensated when an orchestra is at odds with its management or the orchestra is operating in the red and in danger of cutting its season or closing its doors. With the downturn in the economy, a recent piece in the Chicago Tribune explores whether the time is ripe for a new business plan including aligning musician salaries with market rates and capping soloist and conductor fees to ensure the orchestra is investing wisely. Since orchestras receive public funds, it seems to me more transparency and accountability may be required during this recession. What do you think?
I should mention that just this weekend, the Chicago Tribune reported that the CSO musicians accepted a salary cut as part of an institution-wide budget cut.
Posted at 2:24 PM on May 20, 2009
by Rex Levang
For quite a while, walkers in New York City could see an echt-NYC juxtaposition on the Bowery: CBGB, the cradle of punk, next to the Amato Opera, a mom-and-pop company (literally) with a tiny stage, and budget, but an unquestioned commitment to opera.
Posted at 4:33 PM on May 20, 2009
by Gillian Martin
As this Newsweek story says, "Don't hate him because he's popular."
Composer Nico Muhly is not yet 30 years old, but he's got one major film score under his belt, and is working on his first opera--commissioned by the Met.
And as luck would have it, the Juilliard grad is performing in Minneapolis tonight and tomorrow at the Southern Theater.