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Get creative, Symphony

The professional musicians of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra are resisting an effort to reduce their salaries. Many of my friends join me in supporting them.

Over the years, I have particularly enjoyed the principals in every section of the orchestra on the occasions they have had featured parts of performances. Perhaps fewer costly guest artists would be an economy to consider.

One possibility to increase revenue by filling empty seats would be to offer current season ticket holders the opportunity to sponsor additional tickets (tax deductible) for distribution to members of a particular high school orchestra. Promoting competition in supporting specific high schools should be encouraged. For example, Go Saxons, Go Bears, and on and on.

Increasing revenue in innovative ways should certainly be considered, before cutting the soul of the enterprise, the performers. The professional musicians of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra deserve our support.

Marian Sheafor



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