Tchaikovsky on tap for audiences and hopefully lots of music-lovers as Denon plans to record this weekend's Columbus Symphony performances.

Additionally, executive director Tony Beadle told ThisWeek there were delays both in the funding aspect, where D'Angelo stepped in, and in negotiating a contract with Denon itself - a "devil in the details" sort of situation.

The good news is mitigated by concerns about the orchestra's long-term future, and a statement from the musicians takes on a, ahem, bittersweet tone.

The concern was revisited in earnest when the organization's administration released this document earlier this year. The proposed cuts in full-time musicians from 53 to 31, and you might guess, didn't resonate with the musicians.

"We were completely shocked," symphony musicians and Local 103, the local Musician's Union, president Douglas Fisher told ThisWeek at the time. "(The board and administration) unilaterally put the plan together, totally without our knowledge."

Beadle told ThisWeek that ongoing fiscal year-end deficits had been masked by emergency fundraising efforts for the past several years, and that the situation was growing untenable. He called the situation "a tragedy. The town wants to support the symphony, but there's a limit."

The broader economic picture of course affects all of this.

Without adopting the position of either side, and taking into account the context and source of each, The Beat feels the following two quotes are telling: Beadle - "If we want the symphony here after this season, there will have to be some changes." Fisher - "It may be that the rich and powerful corporations and individuals may have decided they don't want a high-quality orchestra in Columbus."

Neither will come right out and say it, but, whether it's fair or right or not, this may be the market re-setting expectations with its collective pocketbook.