Twenty members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s board abruptly resigned last week amid rancorous talks with the financially troubled ensemble’s musicians, according to The Denver Post.
Half the board, including its likely next chairman, vice chairman, and treasurer, stepped down in what Young Cho, a remaining member, said was anger over musicians postponing a vote on proposed wage cuts aimed at denting the orchestra’s $1.2-million cash shortfall.
On Friday the symphony’s players agreed to an emergency 9-percent pay cut, a move Mr. Cho said he expected would bring some of the departing board members back into the fold.
The wrangling came on the heels of disclosure of an internal symphony report that said the organization could be forced to close within two years if it did not radically restructure its finances.
In other arts news, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is opening a permanent exhibition in a public-housing project, a collaboration museum experts say signals the growing role of outreach and activism in such institutions’ mission, writes The Wall Street Journal.
The Upper West Side museum will use a $565,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to mount an interactive installation on health and literacy at the James Weldon Johnson Houses in East Harlem.
Susan Hildreth, the federal agency’s director, called the museum’s collaboration with the city’s Housing Authority “a really neat model that we hope can be replicated in other parts of the country.”