This week: Thunder Bay Symphony appeals for support; strong reports from Cleveland, Indy, and Minnesota; and a circus video we can't watch, but can't look away...
Thunder Bay Symphony deficit & other business news
The Thunder Bay Symphony is calling on supporters to help it through dire financial straits, CBC News reports; they have set a fundraising goal of $225K. Board chair Paul Inksetter and Executive Director Shannon Widden spoke to CBC yesterday morning on the challenges facing the orchestra.
The Cleveland Orchestra's annual report carried lots of good news, the Plain Dealer reports: increased attendance, endowment growth, and record-setting philanthropy were some highlights. The Orchestra's leadership is in transition, with longtime executive director Gary Hanson handing off to Quebec native Andre Gremillet.
Ticket and subscription sales also boosted the Indianapolis Symphony to a third-consecutive surplus, the Indy Business Journal reports. The $900K surplus in 2014-15 topped both of the previous years'.
The court battle between groups seeking to revive the New York City Opera ended peacefully last week, as Gene Kaufman's group withdrew, the NY Times reports. A group backed by Roy G. Niederhoffer called NYCO Renaissance is now the only proposal; they plan to mount Puccini's Tosca in January, perhaps under the NYC Opera name.
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have donated $250K to their orchestra to establish a fund for musician-led education and outreach programming, the NY Times reports. The money was earned through musician-produced concerts during the 2012-14 lockout; the nonprofit organization which musicians formed during that lockout will dissolve after filing 2015 taxes. The announcement came with the MinnOrch's annual report for 2014-15, which finished with a small surplus.