More attempts to fill the operatic void in Baltimore: The Washington National Opera has just announced that it will bring "Turandot" to Baltimore's Lyric Opera House for a single performance, in concert, on June 2.
Meanwhile, over at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the players have voluntarily offered an 8% reduction in their salary and benefits package for next season through wage freezes and other measures, which amounts to a $1 million donation. The orchestra is using the gesture to spearhead a drive for matching public funds, hoping that a "Music Matters: Play your Part" campaign will raise $2 million in additional monies in the next few months. The campaign immediately raised $675,000, including a $50,000 donation from music director Marin Alsop.
Edited to add: For a fuller version of the BSO story, see BSO Players' Million-Dollar Sacrifice in Thursday's Washington Post.
April 29, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
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