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But Chaison worried that both sides in Detroit had dug their heels in too far. He predicted the decision to suspend the season would hurt the orchestra in a city that can little afford to lose a cultural icon.

“There has to be a feeling that Detroit will rise again,” he said. “If the symphony orchestra fails then there’s a feeling that everything is being closed up. You can’t just get back a symphony orchestra.”

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Associated Press writer Corey Williams contributed to this report.