The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has had financial troubles over the last few years.
With its endowments down millions of dollars and the deficit tripling, the musicians agreed to a 9.7 percent pay cut in 2011.
In addition to the salary cuts, the musicians themselves donated a combined $100,000 in 2011-12 to keep the symphony going.
That’s when Michele and Pat Atkins took notice.
The retired Point Breeze couple will give $1.2 million over the next three years to contribute to salary increases in the musicians’ new contracts.