Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Members and employees of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra are bracing for more hard times. The orchestra has had to contend with a $1.5 billion debt....The musicians were furloughed, and the administrative staff, including Johnson, took a 20 percent pay cut. The two moves saved the VSO about $500,000.
Not bad! At that rate they should have their debt paid off in another 3,000 years.
I know I'm being sort of prickish for even bringing this up, but seriously: at least one reporter and two editors worked on this piece, and apparently none of them were taken aback by the idea of a regional orchestra being $1.5 billion in debt. At any rate, not taken aback enough to wonder idly if maybe it was $1.5 million instead. Sheesh.