Berkeley Symphony Reports Higher Attendance, Surplus

Classic Arts News   Berkeley Symphony Reports Higher Attendance, Surplus
The Berkeley Symphony posted a small surplus for the 2003-04 season, the orchestra announced this week. The ensemble has balanced three consecutive budgets.

The orchestra enjoyed a 30 percent increase in attendance over the previous season, according to executive director Gary Ginstling.

"The past season was a particularly noteworthy one for the Berkeley Symphony," Ginstling said in a statement, "not only because more people in our community are experiencing our inspiring, thought-provoking style of music-making, but also because the board and staff continue to operate the organization in a fiscally responsible way."

Founded in 1969, the Berkeley Symphony has been led since 1978 by music director Kent Nagano and has established a reputation for adventurous programming under his leadership. This past season, the orchestra gave three world premieres and an American premiere.

Ginstling also announced the appointment of Kenneth Johnson, a cellist in the orchestra and a geologist at the University of California-Berkeley, as chairman of the board.

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