Marin Alsop
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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians agreed yesterday to a new three-year contract that will reverse salary cuts made for the previous contract, which expired Sept. 8. According to the new agreement, at the end of the contract, annual base salary will reach $75,024, which means an 11% increase over the base of $67,600 under the previous contract. Musicians will also receive a benefit in the form of increased employer contributions to medical insurance plans and pension plans.

« We certainly appreciate the effort from our management and board to make some real improvements for our orchestra, » said violinist Gregory Mulligan, head of the musicians’ committee. The orchestra, which has a $27 million budget for the 2013-2014 season, encountered a deficit for the past two fiscal years, but is expected to have a balanced budget for the new fiscal year.

The successful negotiation of the musicians’ contract comes shortly after music director Marin Alsop accepted to extend her contract through 2021.

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