The chair of the board of the our local symphony orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, claims that the organization is on the brink of bankruptcy. If the group doesn’t raise $2.5 million by the end of the month, they will likely disband.
Larry wrote that this stinks of mismanagement. If it’s true, I’d have to agree. You don’t just wake up one moring and realize that you’re several million dollars over-budget.
Larry also sees it as political grandstanding; a ploy to get local governments to bail them out. This is definitely a possibility, but I also wonder whether they might already have a private sponsor lined up to play the hero at the last minute.
Regardless, I made a small donation to the orchestra when I heard about the news, mostly because I’d already been meaning to make a donation for quite a while. Although I don’t attend very often, I like to know that I have the option to take in some classics when the mood strikes without having to drive all the way out to Toronto. It’d be a real shame to lose our local orchestra.
Anyways, if you feel the same, you can make a donation by the phone: 519-745-4711.