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Once Declared Dead, Delaware Symphony to Live Another Season
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 09:53 PM
Four months after the Delaware Symphony Orchestra announced that it was suspending its operations, the orchestra says it will resume concerts in January 2013.
The orchestra's management has reached a short-term contract with its musicians' union to hold an abbreviated season of three concerts, each of which will be performed twice. They will be performed at venues including the Grand and the Laird Performing Arts Center at the Tatnall School.
The scaled-back season is part of a restructuring to save the 80-year-old orchestra. The DSO now has new leaders, including a new executive director.
Specific terms of the new agreement, which expires on May 31, 2013, were not disclosed, although the Philadelphia Inquirer quotes a union source as saying the new contract calls for no reductions in the per-service pay scales or pensions.
The deal is temporary, however, and the orchestra says it will continue to negotiate a longer-term agreement with musicians.
With the Associated Press