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Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra inks 4-year contract

FILE - The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra at the Hawaiʻi Theatre on Feb. 4, 2022.
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FILE - The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra at the Hawaiʻi Theatre on Feb. 4, 2022.

The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra has ratified a new contract with its musicians — ensuring performances will continue through 2026.

The orchestra’s board of directors ratified the four-year contract with its 84 musicians, who are members of the Musicians’ Association of Hawaii, Local 677. They accepted the contract at the end of July.

The new contract guarantees 18 weeks of performances in the first two years, 19 weeks in the third year, and 21 weeks in the final year of the agreement — and increases the performance season from nine months to a year-round schedule.

The agreement also includes an additional 3% electronic media guarantee for its musicians, which will enable the symphony to produce digital content of its performances and other special projects.

“The heart of the symphony is our musicians and the signing of this multiple-year agreement ensures that they will have opportunities for growth as we continue our mission-driven work for the community,” said Dave Moss, head of the HSO, in a press release.

“In a large way, it ends years of stops and starts for the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra throughout the past decade and puts HSO in a place of unprecedented stability, even after we’ve navigated the effects of the pandemic," he added.

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