Music: Orchestra for Hire

In the U. S., symphony orchestras hire soloists to appear with them at concerts. In Continental Europe, it is often the other way about. There, a soloist who cannot get a paid engagement with an orchestra some-times pays the orchestra for the privilege of being heard with it. Fees for such appearances differ, depending on the country and the fame of the orchestra. In Paris an appearance, with rehearsals, costs $150 and up. In Germany and Austria rates are higher.

Last week for the first time in the U. S. an orchestra announced that it...

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