The fate of the live orchestral experience in the dot-com century continues to be debated, but there are positive signs of its preservation, if not its restoration. A fact sheet compiled by the American Symphony Orchestra League shows that at the end of the last decade, 72 percent of orchestras surveyed reported budget surpluses, compared with only 51 percent at the beginning of the 1990s. The survey also reports increases in attendance, ticket sales, income and -- a most crucial statistic for the cash-strapped St. Louis Symphony Orchestra -- increases in both individual and... More >>>