Wichita Symphony Cuts 2005-06 Season

Classic Arts News   Wichita Symphony Cuts 2005-06 Season
The Wichita Symphony, facing declining tickets sales, will reduce its classical season in 2005-06, the Wichita Eagle reports.

The orchestra will present eight classical programs, each of which is performed twice over the course of a weekend, rather than ten. The orchestra expects to save about $100,000. The remainder of the group's programming, including pops concerts and young people's concerts, will be unchanged.

Despite two deficits in the last two years, board president Ann Anderson said that the orchestra was still fiscally strong. "This is an adjustment we need to make before we are forced to," she said.

Anderson told the paper that some subscribers felt that the ten-concert season was too long. "Our audience has no quarrel with the quality of the music. They don't have a quarrel with the price of a ticket," she said. "But when it comes to buying tickets that go unused, that is when people begin to feel they are wasting money."

Musicians, who are paid for each concert and rehearsal, will lose two weeks of income. "I'm trying to put a positive spin on it," said bassist Mark Foley. "I'll be able to do a lot more jazz in town."

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