Monday, May 5, 2014

Green Bay Symphony going under

The Green Bay (WI) Symphony looks to be the latest casualty in the latest round of closures of fine-arts troupes.

The century-old organization has been running operating deficits of $30,000 to $50,000 on annual budgets of $500,000 to $600,000, its chief administrator says, and has seen concert attendance shrink in recent years. The orchestra also has lost its music director, Donato Cabrera, who is taking over the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

A final 2014-15 season of four or five concerts will be led by guest conductors, Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports:

Of the orchestra’s budgetary shortfalls, one commenter remarks, “$30,000 is the change found under some of the [Green Bay] Packers’ sofa cushions.”