Struggling Berlin Symphony to Privatize

Classic Arts News   Struggling Berlin Symphony to Privatize
 
In a bid for survival, the bankrupt Berliner Symphoniker will become Germany's first private orchestra, Deutsche Welle reports.

The ensemble, the smallest of Berlin's eight orchestras, lost its government subsidy earlier this year amid broad cuts in arts funding. Months later, it declared bankruptcy.

At a press conference this week, officials said that the Symphoniker would attempt to reinvent itself as young, hip, and profit-minded. The group is seeking a corporate sponsor, and has hinted in the press at possible crossover projects with such pop stars as Metallica or Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

"This is a huge chance for us to set an example [for other cultural institutions]," said orchestra director Andreas Mortiz. "We are convinced we can survive as a private orchestra."


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