Shreveport Symphony Orchestra find the funds to keep the full orchestra alive? There's no easy answer to that question, but negotiations have not closed. And the orchestra players are trying to make sure that area audiences are aware of the musical performances that are at stake.
OPUS (Orchestra Players United of Shreveport-Bossier) will produce a pops concert Saturday afternoon, May 10, 3 pm, in Bossier City, on Louisiana Boardwalk's 3rd Anniversary. The musicians of the SSO / OPUS will be performing a pops concert under the baton of Kermit Poling, says Susan Rogers. The concert will be held near the Cumulus end of the Boardwalk. There's an alternate site nearby in case of rain.
A new Symphony Orchestra of Shreveport-Bossier Audience Association has been developed, says Rogers. The group's principal goal is preservation of the full time Core Musicians. It is a 501-c-3 organization, says Rogers.
In addition to OPUS efforts, the SSO has 2 major concerts on its agenda:
- the Constellation Ball, Friday, May 9, at Sam's Town Grand Ballroom.
It features cocktails, a seated dinner, auction and dancing to the orchestra in big band mode. Tickets are $150. Please call 227-8863 to support the SSO via the ball.
- the Picnic Pops Concert at Riverview Park on Sat, May 17, 7:30 pm.