Saturday, January 12, 2008

Improving fortunes for the Seattle Symphony

Even though the Seattle Symphony was smarting from a negative write up in the New York Times, there has been apparently no effect on the band's bottom line.  In fact, as Cross Cut reports December ticket sales were stronger than usual, putting the orchestra $150,000 ahead of its budget for ticket sales. 

Schwarz is off to Europe, traveling with St. Martin in the Fields.  Along with young pianist Jonathan Biss, the orchestra will be stopping in Hamburg, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart.  This is a plum opportunity for Schwarz and ultimately good press for Seattle. 

Still, the intrigue between players, management and the maestro continues.  The new topics of concern center on the orchestra's unique four concertmaster arrangement and payments to the orchestra's pension.  

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