Music: Answers for Orchestras

When orchestra managers have managerial headaches, as they almost constantly do. one source of sympathy—and sometimes relief—is the American Symphony Orchestra League. Last week delegates to the League's annual convention in Chicago were thrashing out new answers to old problems—and sizing up some new questions as well. Items:

>Should symphonies receive a federal subsidy? A surprising 50% of the half of the symphony board directors who responded voted yes as compared with a mere 9% who voted the same way on the same question nine years ago.

>Should orchestras play The Star-Spangled Banner before concerts? Conductors were 70% opposed. Said one:"The melody...

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