Back On Stage, But Still In Crisis

The Houston Symphony is performing again, following a bitter 24-day strike, but the organization’s financial woes are far from resolved. “Executive director Ann Kennedy came on stage Saturday to welcome back the audience and to laud the musicians, who then received a strong standing ovation from the crowd (which, due to the perennial problem of no-shows, filled only about two-thirds of the auditorium). With music director Hans Graf on the podium, the musicians then demonstrated through superb playing exactly what is still at stake in the financially desperate organization.”