Georgian Television and Radio Symphonic Orchestra Disbands

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The Georgian Television and Radio Symphonic Orchestra has disbanded amid downsizing at Georgia's national public television station, the English-language paper the Messenger reports.

The 80-member orchestra, formed in 1937, has recorded the works of Georgian composers for nearly 70 years, creating what the company refers to as a "gold fund" of records used in Georgian television and radio programming.

Orchestra members are among many employees left unemployed by government restructuring of the state-owned television station, 1st Channel, which has reduced its staff from more than 2,200 to 500. Officials from the channel say the overhaul is necessary to transform the station into a true public television channel, the Messenger says.

Conductor Spartak Korkotashvili told the Messenger that he attributes the orchestra's closing to a "lack of awareness" of classical music among members of the government.

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