In Saturday’s (5/18) News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Kevin Kilbane writes, “The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will fold its Chamber Series concerts into its Masterworks series concerts next season as it tries to reduce an accumulated budget deficit expected to total more than $2.3 million. The Phil will expand the Masterworks series to 10 concerts next season—one more than this year—and will incorporate ‘chamber-size’ musical works into some of the performances, said J.L. Nave III, the Phil’s president and CEO. The Philharmonic Chorus, which performed at three Choral Chamber Series concerts this past season, will perform at three Masterworks series concerts next season, he said. … Nave expects the Phil to end the current fiscal year June 30 with a financial deficit of about $670,000 for the year, which is what they budgeted, he said. He likely won’t know the final number until late August. ‘We still are actively pursuing donations, and they are coming in,’ he said. This year’s budget shortfall comes on top of an accumulated deficit of $1.7 million the Phil carries forward from about the past 10 years, Nave said. ‘Obviously, we want to get to a balanced budget as fast as we can,’ he said.”

Posted May 20, 2013