In Monday’s (6/8) Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Steven Brown reports, “The crowd at the Charlotte Symphony’s first SouthPark concert of the year on Sunday responded to the orchestra’s plea for contributions by donating $27,834—far more than usual. ‘We are thrilled and gratified by the overwhelming response of our concertgoers,’ executive director Jonathan Martin said in a statement. ‘Their support…sends a clear message that this is a community that values the Symphony.’ The orchestra has always taken up collections at the popular outdoor concerts at SouthPark. The donations on a single night typically have totaled $6,000 to $8,000. This year, the orchestra is asking adults to donate at least $5 apiece. The orchestra is struggling against years of financial troubles compounded by the recession and a recently announced cut in its funding from the Arts & Science Council. The ASC is slashing its annual support by more than $1 million.”

Posted June 9, 2009

Photo of the SouthPark band shell, summer home of the Charlotte Symphony