Hawaii Will Have A Symphony Once Again
Honolulu will once again have a symphony — thanks to a new three-year deal with the musicians' union.
A symphony exploratory committee comprised of Hawaii business leaders negotiated the deal, which would return former Honolulu Symphony musicians to the stage beginning this fall. A total of 64 musicians would be hired for 30-week seasons. The musicians would earn $30,000 a year.
Hawaii has been without a professional symphony since 2009, after the Honolulu Symphony filed for bankruptcy. Last year, the symphony converted its bankruptcy to Chapter 7 and liquidated its assets. The 110-year-old Honolulu Symphony's assets were sold at auction last month to the exploratory committee, which paid $210,000 for about 70 instruments and a library of roughly 3,000 pieces of Hawaiian and classical sheet music.
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