James Judd
Photo: Harald Hoffmann

Pizzicato reported last week that Music Director James Judd offered to cut his fee in order to save the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) from financial difficulties. Now, it looks like this and other measures are believed to be successful. The orchestra says, it has substantially increased its income from tickets, subscriptions and concert sales and has performed several rounds of cuts in production costs: « However, this was not sufficient and like many orchestras in Israel and around the world it faces cuts of income from other sources and is required to cut salaries in order to balance its budget and prevent a deficit in next year’s budget. The General Director of the orchestra and its Music Director announced voluntary cuts in their fees thus offering financial and moral support to the orchestra and its employees. The orchestra and its management are confident that the planned cuts along with the ISO’s huge success will support its continuous flourishing and let it balance its financial situation. »

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