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What Baltimore loses if the BSO is forced to cut its schedule

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This is just the beginning, the first blip on a slippery slope whose ending is all too foreseeable.

On Nov. 1, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors announced its intention to cut the musicians’ employment schedule from 52 weeks to 40, and their salaries by 17 percent. And if that were to happen, it could mark the end of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as any kind of orchestra worth listening to–and possibly, the beginning of the end for other great orchestras in mid-size cities.

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