Tacoma Ballet Dumps Orchestra, Hires Another

Last Christmas the Tacoma City Ballet almost lost the Tacoma Symphony as its pit orchestra for Nutcracker two days before performances were to begin over a dispute over broadcast on the city’s local TV channel. So when the company decided to expand its programming to include orchestral accompaniment for all of this season’s productions, it dropped the Tacoma Symphony and signed its crosstown rival – Northwest Sinfonietta.