Monday, November 23, 2009

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra board and musicians come together for 3 concerts in 2010; negotiations and fund-raising efforts re-opened

After some 2 years of struggle, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra board and musicians have set aside differences to produce 3 concerts in 2010.

SSO board president Dick Bremer, musician leader Rick Rowell and Community Fund chief Paula Hickman announced the interim agreement and concert series.

- Michael Butterman remains an active player in the re-tuning, said Bremer.
- The SSO has a current budget of about $110,000, added Bremer. The annual budget for the SSO at its peak was about $1.3 million.
- The Community Foundation has awarded the SSO a $70,000 challenge grant. Its purpose is to stimulate additional monetary pledges.
- Orchestra consultant Doug Patti - well-received by both musicians and board - will help guide the effort.


ondine_debussy said...

Well, that is certainly good news, after the agonizing silence we received from the two negotiating sides over the last year or so. I congratulate all the people who made this agreement possible, and thus allowed the SSO to get back on the road to recovery.

There was so much to be lost, and equally now so much to be gained.

I have updated the SSO site at Wikipedia to reflect the new turn of events.
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A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in Shreveport, who keep the spirit of the arts and creativity alive and well! (I enjoyed the smile on the face of Virginia Sheehee in your photo- it said it all!)

ondine_debussy said...

Now here I go copying a spelling from the photo caption, without checking it myself. :-(

Of course, that last comment referred to "Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee (born 1923), a Shreveport businesswoman, philanthropist, and civic leader who was the first woman to have been elected to the Louisiana State Senate."

Robert E Trudeau said...

Thanks for the spell check and thanks for attending to the status of the dear ol' SSO. We are honored.

Additional fact checking: