Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shutdown in Honolulu

The Honolulu Symphony, facing a debt of $1 million and repeatedly failing to pay its musicians on time, has canceled its concerts for the rest of the year, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and may (or may not) re-emerge as a downsized ensemble, Mary Adamski reports in Hawaii's Star-Bulletin:

(I had not known that the Honolulu Symphony is one of this country's oldest orchestras. It was founded in 1900, earlier than the orchestras of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit and Baltimore were organized.)