An $11 million pandemic drop in revenue is a big loss to overcome, but the music is still playing with the musicians avidly rehearsing at the Atlanta Symphony under the direction Music Director Robert Spano and the Orchestra’s Executive Director Jennifer Barlament.
“By the end of June 2020, it all just evaporated. It was almost unimaginable for us. What we do is make music and we make music for people and for the ability to do that kind of went away overnight along with a lot of revenue as well,” Barlament said.
Although the musicians were kept on the payroll, 25 percent of the administrative staff was cut, but the Symphony pressed on.
They presented digital and live concerts, and two television specials, with both adding revenue.