In Wednesday (3/13) Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), Christina Izzo writes, “The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has been bringing classical music to Trenton for 30 years, but because of dwindling audiences at the War Memorial, it will no longer hold its concert series in the capital city, symphony officials said. NJSO Interim President and CEO Susan Stucker said a steadily declining audience at the War Memorial over several years has made it difficult to sustain a concert series there and has forced the symphony to exclude the venue in its upcoming season. … The few patrons of the 1,800-seat Patriots Theater at the War Memorial were notified in January that they would not be able to renew their tickets for the 2013-2014 season, she said. Stucker said the NJSO had even offered a variety of different options to patrons to try to increase the numbers at the War Memorial but it wasn’t enough. … Although NJSO will no longer be offering concert series performances at the War Memorial, Stucker said the symphony will still be present in Trenton and the surrounding areas,” including educational concerts at the War Memorial and at Mercer County public schools, and a free concert in early summer.

Posted March 13, 2013