Pittsburgh Symphony Officials Respond to Editorial Calling for Downsizing

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra officials have responded to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial calling for the orchestra's downsizing by citing the city's reputation for important contributions to arts and culture despite its size.

A letter from Larry Tamburri, the orchestra's president, and Hampton Mallory, chair of the orchestra committee, cited the city's contributions to the polio vaccine, the first public television and commercial radio stations, and the Robotics Institute.

"We can be our own worst enemies," Tamburri and Mallory wrote. "We continue to think that if it is made in Pittsburgh or is from Pittsburgh, it must not be of the highest quality. After all, we are a small town, a town that the Trib wants us to consider undeserving of major-league sports or world-class arts."

According to Tamburri and Mallory, the PSO has worked very hard and has critical acclaim to show for it.

The editorial had suggested that the region did not have the resources to support the orchestra in its present state, and that the orchestra should "adjust its business plan accordingly."

The PSO recently announced a shortfall of $500,000 for the 2004-05 season, after a surplus of $456,000 the previous year, and a deficit of $1.73 million in 2002-03.

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