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Orchestra dominos to fall?

The New York Times catches up on the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy, and adds some valuable national perspective to the latest pension developments. The orchestra is changing all of its pension plans: it won approval this week to turn over two of its internal plans to the federal government, and is also pulling out of the national pension plan in which several U.S. orchestras are participants.

Orchestra dominos to fall?

The New York Times catches up on the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy, and adds some valuable national perspective to the latest pension developments. The orchestra is changing all of its pension plans: it won approval this week to turn over two of its internal plans to the federal government, and is also pulling out of the national pension plan in which several U.S. orchestras are participants.

Says the Times story:

“One of the flagship orchestras of the United States chose to take this path, which transferred its burden to other orchestras and individual musicians,” said Deborah Borda, the president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a critic of Philadelphia’s strategy. “It’s an abrogation of responsibility.”

Philadelphia Orchestra president Allison B. Vulgamore responds:

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is managing its own situation with choices that are available to it,” she said. “I would not say that anything that is happening translates to other orchestras. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous.”

Read the full story here.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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