I know I haven’t been posting here the past few days as I’ve been hella busy, but wanted to post some recent news in the Classical music world.
The Louisville Bach Society will cease operations at the end of this season:
After 47 years of performance in the Louisville, area, the Louisville Bach Society has decided to cease operations at the close of the 2011 season. The season will culminate with a performance of Bach’s magnificent Mass in B minor, a work which was one of Bach’s last works.
The decision was prompted by the retirement of the founders, Melvin and Margaret
Dickinson, compounded by a difficult economy facing the arts community. The Mass in
B minor will be performed on May 1st at 3 p.m. at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church.
The Syracuse Orchestra board has officially suspended the rest of its season after having difficulty reaching their fundraising goals to get the organization out of the red. Drew McManus brings up the issue of the non-refundable tickets and donations in his recent blog post.
The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra‘s board of trustees has voted to suspend operations on Sunday amid financial woes.
There were more than 20 concerts remaining in the orchestra’s season, including an April 27 concert by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
The orchestra’s 18 full- and part-time staffers and 61 core and 14 contract musicians will be laid off Monday.
The Festival of Orchestras in Orlando, Florida, will close down.
After a recent near sell-out spectacular performance of the world famous Boston Pops, the 27-year-old organization announced it must cease operations at the end of the month due to waning finances directly related to the struggling economy, the organization’s Board of Directors announced.
As responsible stewards of the non-profit organization, the board recently announced to patrons that the Festival’s 27th season for presenting world-class orchestra performances would be its finale.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra may now shut down its summer season as well.
The Louisville Orchestra has been granted two more months for filing its reorganization.
EDIT: David Beem has some great things to say about Music Educators and symphonic organizations (especially about the Syracuse Symphony) in a recent post: