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The Future of the Hartford Symphony

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is asking its players to take a big pay cut. Meanwhile, the musicians are looking for a better deal, and wonder, "How do you build the symphony by cutting it?" 

This hour, we look at how the Hartford Symphony Orchestra can stay relevant and creative, while keeping its operating costs down.


  • Anne Midgette - Chief Classical Music Critic at The Washington Post
  • Michael Pollard - Violinist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for 40 Years
  • Ann Drinan - Executive Director of CONCORA, Senior Editor of Polyphonic.org, and violist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
  • Stephen Wade - Oboist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra 
  • Polly Kahn - Principal of PK Art Solutions/PK Orchestra Solutions; former Vice President for the League of American Orchestras

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Lydia Brown and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Ray Hardman is Connecticut Public’s Arts and Culture Reporter. He is the host of CPTV’s Emmy-nominated original series Where Art Thou? Listeners to Connecticut Public Radio may know Ray as the local voice of Morning Edition, and later of All Things Considered.

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