The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra reports that it concluded its 2012-13 fiscal year on June 30 with a balanced budget of $3,536,200 including an unaudited surplus of $21,000. “We are proud to have achieved our financial goal for a seventh year,” said Executive Director Rachel Ford. Contributions from the Knoxville Symphony League’s fundraising events came to more than $1.4 million, according to a press release. In partnership with the Clarence Brown Theater, KSO’s production of Sweeney Todd was the highest-grossing production in its history, with $270,000 in ticket sales, while the orchestra’s inaugural Concertmaster Series, a three-part chamber series led by Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz, sold out all six performances at Remedy Coffee in downtown Knoxville. Led by Music Director Lucas Richman, the orchestra and its 75 professional musicians perform more than 250 programs throughout eastern Tennessee in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre and Bijou Theatre, as well as at hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks, and churches. The KSO will open its 78th season on September 19 at Knoxville’s Tennessee Theatre with Beethoven, Wagner, Reznicek, and Kodaly.

Posted August 8, 2013