The Atlanta Symphony Musicians have ratified a new contract that will, over four years, raise the compliment of full time musicians to 88. I am sure that I am not alone in looking forward to seeing them back on the stage of Symphony Hall. Let’s not forget, though, what we have discovered about the Woodruff Arts Center’s leadership during this ordeal. There are still many questions that need to be answered and, if we are to avoid yet another lockout in four years, we will need to put pressure on the folks in charge of the Woodruff Arts Center to shape up or move aside and let a more qualified and competent group of people take over.
In the meantime, though, let’s all congratulate the musicians and thank them for fighting to keep quality music in Atlanta. And most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the music!