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

Photo by Maryland GovPics on Flickr.

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.

As contract expires, BSO management, musicians remain in stalemate over cuts

Image via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

With their contract expiring at midnight last night, musicians in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra this morning condemned management for refusing to offer an extension and back off proposals to cut the group’s schedule from 52 weeks to 40 weeks.

Weekend Events Calendar: Chesapeake Crab and Beer Fest, LatinoFest at Patterson Park, record release shows, food truck gatherings, Bikes and Beers

Baltimore Crab Run on 6/23
Charm City Crab Run 5k is on 6/23 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Rash Field

Welcome, summer. The Solstice means plenty of daylight to get out and soak in the happenings around town. This weekend features some unique local music experiences, with BSO’s New Music Festival heading to various venues among the highlights. The festival schedule remains strong with celebrations of Latino culture, getting fit, Chesapeake crabs (and eating them) and World Refugee Day, among others. Enjoy.

Joe Squared Joins Meyerhoff, Peabody Institute as Concert Settings for BSO’s ‘New Music Festival’

Photo via Joe Squared.

The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Peabody Institute are well-known venues for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performances. A three-day music festival next month plans to add a third location: pizza restaurant Joe Squared, located on North Avenue.

Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House is Back for 2017 with ‘Mayfair’

Photo via Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House‎/Facebook

After going a year without a home on display, Baltimore Symphony Associates has a residence and dates for its 2017 fundraising event.

BSO Oboist Also Dabbles in Double Nose Recorder


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist Katherine Needleman is well aware that one must prepare to be a good guest at parties around this time of year. That’s why she has a party trick ready.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Has a New President

Incoming BSO president Peter T. Kjome. Photo by Johnny Quirin, Courtesy BSO.
Incoming BSO president Peter T. Kjome. Photo by Johnny Quirin, Courtesy BSO.

Ten months ago, we learned that Baltimore Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Paul Meecham was leaving town for Utah after a decade spent leading the BSO. Today, the orchestra announced that they have found his replacement, plucked from the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan.

13-Year-Old Reisterstown Student Picked to Sing Solo with the BSO

Courtesy BCPS
Courtesy BCPS

A talented seventh-grader from Baltimore County is already about to fulfill one of his lifelong goals: Singing solo onstage, backed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

‘A Swingin’ Nutcracker a la Ellington’ is Part of Baltimore Symphony’s Holiday Lineup

Credit: Jati Lindsay
Credit: Jati Lindsay

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present a jazzy new take on Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker this year as part of its holiday concert lineup.

Plans Fall Through for Baltimore Decorators’ Show House

'Oakhurst,' the 2015 BSO Decorator's Show House.
The 2015 BSO Decorators’ Show House. The BSO will not hold one in 2016.

For the first time in 40 years, there will be no Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House.

The decision was spelled out in a letter from Sandy Feldman, president of the Baltimore Symphony Associates, a volunteer organization that selects and organizes the Show House as a fundraiser.

Dear Friends of the Baltimore Symphony Associates,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Baltimore Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House. We appreciate your continued support of this annual fundraiser for the educational programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.