— On Wed, 2/4/09, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra wrote:
On Monday the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced a comprehensive, multi-pronged budget stabilization plan which will allow us to continue to provide great music for the people of Cincinnati. The Board, staff, musicians, and conductors are all working together to address our financial challenges while maintaining artistic excellence. I would like to share with you a message that will also be in upcoming program books.
You may find the full text of a press release which provides more information about these important developments at http://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/Media/releases/csobudget.asp
Over the course of our 114-year history, the CSO has weathered many recessions, including the Great Depression, and has remained a cultural pillar in this community. During these challenging economic times, we’ve had to make some difficult choices, but we will never lose sight of our core mission—to present world-class music. This is what audiences expect when they experience the orchestra, and what they should continue to expect.
We’re finding ways to do things more efficiently so that we can continue to serve you and our community at the highest level of excellence. We’re carefully examining the economic situation, its effects on the organization, and are moving forward to make adjustments as necessary.
In times like these music is even more important. It can provide respite and a much-needed outlet for relaxation and inspiration. It is with your continued support that we will meet this challenge, at a time when the community needs us most.
Thank you for your support of the CSO.