Show to go on for Charleston Symphony Orchestra

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has reached a deal with musicians that will get the financially strapped orchestra back on stage.

The deal cuts the number of full time players to 24 from 36.  The overall budget for the orchestra will be trimmed by $1 million per year to a total annual budget of $1.3 million.

The new contract will provide improved health benefits for musicians and a full time salary of $14,000 per year.  The musicians losing their full time status will get a severance package.

The orchestra suspended operations in March, and several community efforts have been made to keep the music playing.

The deal announced Tuesday follows the death of the CSO's Music Director, David Stahl just over a month ago.

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