Bosendorfer, the famous Austrian piano firm was in such bad shape that is was (just this past month) sold to Yamaha of Japan. I'm not surprised that the SRS is having financial trouble as well. Tradition costs lots and with the Euro where it is against the dollar tourism is down. Hopefully the new management will be able to salvage it.
West of insanity, east of apathy, deep in the heart of Texas.
"Animal cruelty" charges, because they now have to perform an average of 2 times per week, instead of 1? Bet the average Austrian has to work a bit more than that, and for a lot less than 10K Euros monthly. Sheesh.
As stated before http://www.chronicleforums.com/Forum...d.php?t=128188 the problem started when the Austrian government told the SRS that they have to become self-supporting. But believe me Frau Elisabeth Guertler managed to get the famous Sacher Hotel in Vienna and Salzburg back on the road again.
She'll manage, but you probably don't see them that often anymore in the USA, because of the travelling expenses together with the low dollar.
THey are not just having the buidling and the stallions, but the breeding operation at well, and if 17 people are getting almost 200k$ a year...thats alot. Remember that the performances are not daily (schooling is). I do think many would pay to sit and watch ('mere') schooling. Are they better off at home, then on tour, probably. But if they are actively breed, that causes problems as well.
The schooling sessions are also ordinarily fully attended and they cost £30 ($60) per person.
Shoot, I paid to tour the stud at Piber and see two men independently schooling young stallions WTC. Fascinating, yet obviously uneventful. I think it was 18 Euros to get in, and there were tons of people there. The whole of the SRS and breeding programs are certainly lucrative, and I can't imagine the sort of overhead that would eat up all that income.
I don't know what they are talking about that she was formerly at the helm of the Sacher Hotel; I was there over Christmas and she was there in the Cafe noticing that the napkins were slightly crooked and one of the display cakes hadn't been presented correctly. It is a family owned hotel and no way no how is she not prominently at its helm.
If anyone can fix the SRS, she can. (I thought the display cake looked just fine, but then again I was further away than she was and am not so up on my lore of cake display.)