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In Chicago, The Hunt Is On!

There were two excellent articles in the Chicago Tribune over the weekend dedicated to the ongoing executive search process to replace Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) president Deborah Rutter. First up is an article published on 1/31/2014 by Tribune music critic John von Rhein which provides a meticulous review of the CSO’s history in order to […]

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Big Changes In Store For Chicago

The rumors were confirmed yesterday by way of official news that Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) president Deborah Rutter will become the new president of the Kennedy Center in September, 2014. This is probably some of the best news the Kennedy Center could hope for following the departure of former president Michael Kaiser but that gain […]

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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right

In an 11/25/2013 article from The New Yorker, the ever sharp Alex Ross vents some frustration toward the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) leadership, the growing difficulty of mid and smaller budgets org to pull funding from the name brand institutions, and the ennui that is political concerns about culture. Ross doesn’t mince words and goes […]

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Way To Go Hawks!

Even though the NHL strike obliterated most of the season, it’s good to have a hard fought Stanley Cup match featuring my local team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Each game of the playoffs was a roller coaster of excitement and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra decided to get into the spirit by releasing their own version of […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians Strike

On Saturday, 9/22/2012 the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) called a strike exactly one hour before a concert scheduled that evening for 8:0pm CT. A brief message from the CSO musicians’ negotiating committee to their members asserts the following:

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Fighting For Seats In Chicago

Who said classical music was dying? In Chicago, it looks like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) with Riccardo Muti is such a big hit that the patrons are fighting for seats. In case you haven’t heard, a fistfight broke out in one of the boxes during last Friday’s concert. As reported by Stefano Esposito in […]

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Pushing The Sky Up In Boston

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) recently wrapped up a new three year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that flies in the face of the Chicken Little Think Tank sky is falling doctrine. Normally, we wouldn’t spend time looking at what amounts to a typical contract with standard improvements but given the recent concessionary agreement in Philadelphia, […]

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