Music: American Orchestras: The Sound of Trouble

AJ a group, the symphony orchestras of the U.S. are unsurpassed in quality by those of any other nation in the world. Yet today they are in trouble —loud, unavoidable, cymbal-crashing financial trouble. In Buffalo and Rochester, the two Philharmonics are so pressed for funds that they are talking merger; so are the Cincinnati and Indianapolis orchestras. The Detroit Symphony, which has just emerged from a 34-day musicians' strike, is in such economic straits that it may have to disband. "Between 1971 and 1973," predicts Manhattan Fund Raiser Carl Shaver, an expert in...

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