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Nashville Symphony Ready To Kick Off New Concert Season

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After months of financial turmoil, the Nashville Symphony kicked off their new season with their first performance of the year at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The symphony was scheduled to open the 2013/2014 season Thursday with a Russian Spectacular concert. They perform each night until Saturday.

Musicians took a 15 percent pay cut to keep performing under an agreement reached with the Nashville Musicians Association on a new one-year labor contract.

The ratification came after months of negotiations between the cash-strapped symphony and its performers. The pay cut was similar to that in total compensation imposed earlier upon members of the symphony administrative staff.

The move helped the symphony avoid foreclosure on the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, keeping it off the auction block.

Composer Giancarlo Guerrero said the challenges the group faced made them stronger.

"I can tell you from my first rehearsal, people want to play great music," he said. "There's a great sense of community in that regard. That… makes me incredibly proud."

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