Arts | Oregon

Symphony Still Trying To Close Budget Gap

OPB | June 17, 2013 6 a.m. | Updated: June 17, 2013 7:16 a.m. | Portland

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The Oregon Symphony is still trying to get its $14 million budget balanced, after taking several serious steps to reduce expenses.

Oregon Symphony

The Symphony recently sent out a fundraising email to supporters, noting the end of the fiscal year is June 30.

To help reduce expenses, the organization cancelled a Carnegie Hall concert in New York City, replaced a vanguard piece of music on the schedule with a crowd-pleasing Beethoven selection, and negotiated $300,000 in concessions with its musicians’ union.

Spokesman Jim Fullan acknowledged the organization isn’t in the black yet. He would not say how much money the Symphony needs to  raise. But he did say he doesn’t anticipate any further cost-cutting.

“I can’t imagine any more occurring between now and the end of the year. Now is just the big push for last-minute contributions,” he said.

The Symphony is still looking for a new president, 10 months after Elaine Calder left.

Portland city officials declined to help pay for the Symphony’s popular summer waterfront concert this year. A spokesman for Mayor Charlie Hales says Hales hopes to restore the money in next year’s budget.

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