Seattle's Northwest Chamber Orchestra earned front page status in the St. Patrick's Day edition of the Seattle Times by voting to file for bankruptcy protection and cancelling the remaining two subsciption concerts of the 2005-06 season. The Seattle Times article by Melinda Bargreen reiterates many of the points that I have made time and again about the particular plight of midsized arts organizations which find themselves squeezed out of the funding pipeline.
The Northwest Chamber Orchestra players form the nucleus of two other orchestras, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony (both orchestras directed by PNB Music Director Stewart Kershaw).
In further cheerful news for St. Patrick's Day, a Seattle Symphony first violinist has decided to bring charges of a hostile work environment to King County Superior Court for trial. R. M. Campbell reports in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: