In Thursday’s (3/25) Columbian (Clark County, Washington), Mary Ann Albright writes, “The three teenage musicians tapped to play with the Vancouver Symphony in its April concerts will have to wait a month. Financial straits prompted the orchestra to cancel its April 17 and 18 concerts, which were to highlight the winners of its Young Artists Competition and would have featured concertos by Mozart and Haydn. The Young Artists winners instead will join the orchestra in its May 29 and 30 concerts, which in addition to the teens will feature polkas, waltzes and Richard Strauss’ ‘Death and Transfiguration.’ The April concerts were cut due to a budgetary shortfall, said Rich Brase, the orchestra’s marketing director. Ticket sales are up this season, but 80 percent of the orchestra’s revenue comes from corporate and private donations. … The Vancouver Symphony is optimistic about the May concerts, which will mark the conclusion of its 2010 season. To get back on more solid financial footing, the group is launching a ‘Save the Music’ campaign. The orchestra is reaching out to its contacts in hopes of raising $20,000 by April 30.”

Posted March 26, 2010