In Thursday’s (1/21) Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), Michael McAuliffe writes, “The Springfield Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday it is seeking $1.7 million in donations to meet a campaign goal to raise $3.5 million for its endowment. Orchestra officials and conductor Kevin Rhodes talked about the drive before staff members, donors and others in the Mahogany Room at Symphony Hall. The five-year campaign, which began 1½ years ago, is officially known as ‘Forever Symphony!’ Campaign chairwoman Mary Ellen Scott, longtime member of the symphony’s board of trustees, said corporate sponsorships and revenue from ticket sales are not enough to sustain the orchestra, which was founded in 1943. But Scott also acknowledged the current recession. … The symphony has 80 musicians, and its annual budget is $2 million. However, according to symphony President Thomas Creed, it generates nearly $4 million in economic impact, part of which is bringing patrons to restaurants and hotels. Orchestra members also perform in schools in Greater Springfield and educate children about music.”

Posted January 21, 2010