Monday, September 21, 2009

Crisis in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra is in a "dire financial crisis," Peter Dobrin reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sagging ticket sales and fund-raising that doesn't measure up to that of other orchestras Philly's size leave the orchestra facing a $7.5 million deficit this season. The board hopes to raise a quick $15 million from its members:

UPDATE 1: Dobrin reports that Allison Vulgamore, outgoing president of the Atlanta Symphony, is in negotiations to fill the vacant CEO's post at the Philadelphia Orchestra:

UPDATE 2: Dobrin summarizes Philly's woes as he reports on its annual meeting, the real business of which took place behind closed doors: