Arizona's West Valley Symphony Shuts Down

Classic Arts News   Arizona's West Valley Symphony Shuts Down
The West Valley Symphony, a 38-year-old orchestra based in Phoenix's western suburbs, shut down permanently after its concert on February 5.

"As you know, we have been struggling recently to keep our non-profit symphony orchestra afloat in the midst of a changing community and cultural environment," board president Fred Berkenkamp told the audience. "Symphony operational costs have risen and our donations and sponsorships are down sharply."

Berkenkamp asked patrons to consider a final donation to the orchestra to allow it to pay off $90,000 in debt and avoid bankruptcy. He also asked that subscribers donate their tickets for the two remaining concerts on the orchestra's season schedule.

According to the Arizona Republic, the West Valley Symphony played until recently at the Sundome in Sun City West. When that venue became unavailable, the orchestra found other performance spaces, but audiences didn't follow.

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