In Sunday’s (8/9) Tulsa World Scene (Oklahoma), James D. Watts Jr. writes, “Tulsa’s major performing arts groups are facing the 2009-10 season with something that approaches optimism. Three—the Signature Symphony, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Tulsa Ballet—have put together ambitious programs for the coming season, increasing the number of performances they present. Two other organizations—Tulsa Opera and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus—are taking a more cautious approach that they believe will result in productions that maintain the level of quality their audiences have come to expect, but at a much lower price. … The Tulsa Symphony announced its 2009-10 season some time before things began to get crunchy in the financial world. The orchestra, which formed in 2005, has dreamed up a season of six concerts, each devoted to the music of a different country or geographic region. … The orchestra’s budget for the 2009-10 season is projected at $1.4 million, which [Executive Director Ron] Predl said is reduced slightly from last year’s budget. … Predl said the orchestra is working on securing sponsors for the upcoming season, and that season ticket sales are on track to at least equal the 1,500 subscribers the orchestra had last year.”

Posted August 11, 2009