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UPDATE: Despite profits, Green Bay symphony still to close

UPDATED Monday, June 30, 2014 --- 10:27 a.m.

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 (http://gbpg.net/1x4OxyT) 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.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Sunday, May 4, 2014 --- 4:37 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra survived plenty of lean times in its 100-year history, but the current economic downturn has proven too difficult to overcome.

The symphony will fall silent at the end of the season.

Orchestra spokesman Dan Linssen says the decision to shut down was a difficult one. But he says the orchestra can't continue to offer high-quality performances without knowing from one event to the next whether it'll be able to cover its costs.

He says the orchestra has been losing $30,000 to $50,000 for the past few years. He says donations are down and patrons of the arts aren't turning out as they used to.

The first concert of the final season will be a Star Spangled Celebration on Sept. 13.

The orchestra began in 1913.


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