Despite profits, Green Bay symphony still to close

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Despite a couple of profitable recent years, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is still set to close after the upcoming season.

Press-Gazette Media reports the symphony earned a profit in two of the last three seasons.

But the symphony's executive director, Dan Linssen, says those small profits "were more of a fluke."

Linssen says those profits were largely because symphony representatives were forced to approach donors in desperation, because of the orchestra's dire financial situation.

Symphony management has been meeting privately with musicians to address musicians' concerns that too little was being done to raise funds.

Musicians have suggested more aggressive fundraising, promotion and a realignment of ticket prices could put the operation back in the black.

The 100-year-old orchestra will end next year after a farewell season.

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