Colorado Symphony musicians, staff agree to cuts
DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s 79 full-time musicians have agreed to a one-week unpaid vacation in March, and about 30 administrative staff members have agreed to a temporary suspension of contributions to employees’ retirement plans.
Cliff Gardiner, the symphony’s interim president, said this week that the orchestra is trying to compensate for a roughly 15 percent drop in ticket revenues for the fiscal year and a similar drop in charitable contributions.
Gardiner says stagehands have pledged to participate in the cost-cutting effort in a similar way. He says the orchestra also is looking at programming for the coming season, and it’s possible some events could be dropped.