In a story posted Tuesday (3/3) on the North Texas public media organization KERA’s news site Art&Seek, Jerome Weeks writes, “The celebrated violinist Pinchas Zukerman is returning to Dallas this week—for the first time in three years. He’ll be guest-conducting with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and then he and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, will tour with the DSO to Florida for three concerts. But what was meant as a happy occasion has been marked by the financial troubles facing classical music these days. The Concert Association of Florida, which had booked Zukerman and the DSO, filed for bankruptcy last month. The Dallas Symphony’s concerts are unaffected, but some of the presenter’s other shows have been cancelled. … This season, Zukerman has been marking his 60th birthday with 100 concerts in 17 countries. Yet he says that his own income is more or less back where it was 15 years ago. Zukerman sees these same stark facts everywhere in classical music—from the recording industry to non-profit arts groups. … With the Dallas Symphony, things are hardly so bleak. Doug Adams, the symphony’s president, says that they have postponed hiring to fill some positions. But they have not laid off staff or reduced performances.”

Posted 3/4/2009