Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The sound of money

James Levine reacts to his paycheck.

Ever wonder why it costs over $100 to get a decent seat at the Boston Symphony? Here's why - (according to Alex Beam over at the Globe):

"The BSO paid James Levine $1.6 million, according to its most recent 990; James Taylor, $774,000; Keith Lockhart, $740,000. Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe is the BSO's top-paid player, pulling down $353,000, according to the form filed in 2005.

Mothers -- do let your sons grow up to be timpanists! The BSO pays someone almost $200,000 to bang on those skins."

Meanwhile they're cutting the Pops in half at New Year's and laying off the non-artistic staff. Hmmmm . . .

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