In Thursday’s (3/31) Ball State Daily News (Indiana), Lisa Ryan writes, “Board members of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra decided to cancel the final performance of the school year because of recent budget issues. The concert was scheduled for April 30 in John R. Emens Auditorium, which would have cost the orchestra $35,000 to perform. Fred Reese, a board member and season ticket holder, said the decision was made because of a lack of funds, which has been a consistent problem all year. Throughout the season, the board wondered if it would have enough money to perform the next concert. For the final concert, it chose to not add more money to its $100,000 deficit. … Elissa McDonald, executive director of the symphony, said that although the decision was a difficult one, it ensures that the symphony will have more seasons. … Season ticket holders are able to receive a refund for the cost of the ticket if they wish, but many patrons are choosing to donate the money, McDonald said. She has received phone calls from people wanting to support the symphony and its members financially and emotionally.”

Posted March 31, 2011