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U.S. orchestras are shrinkingU.S. orchestras are shrinking
Composers have long dreamed of bigger orchestras. But as some American orchestras struggle in the post-downturn economy, they are taking a page from the corporate world and thinking smaller: They are downsizing, shedding some full-time positions while making up the difference with less costly part-time musicians. Some of the orchestras say that they can maintain quality by hiring talented musicians to sit in and note that even major, healthy ensembles use substitutes in the case of vacancies or absences. But musicians warn that an overreliance on freelancers endangers the things that make orchestras great.
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Jahja Ling, the acclaimed music director of the San Diego Symphony, announced that he plans to leave the organization after the 2016-17 season. Ling, who joined the symphony in 2004, made the announcement at a meeting with the board of directors, staff and musicians. "I am hopeful and confident that the future of this fine orchestra, led by our new CEO Martha Gilmer and supported by our talented administrative staff and committed board of directors, will be bright," he said.
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