The Future of the Philadelphia Orchestra

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Philadelphia Orchestra's Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit. (Photo: Chris Lee, Philadelphia Orchestra)

Hour 2

The world renowned Philadelphia Orchestra has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  It’s the first large symphony in the country to do so and it has been very controversial.  The orchestra’s board and management point to the poor ticket sales, the decline in donations, and the increase in operational expenses that underlie the budget deficit and their decision to file.  But others, including orchestra musicians, say that the orchestra has plenty of assets to draw on and now the bankruptcy filing has sullied the orchestra’s reputation.   This hour, what is the future of the Philadelphia Orchestra?   Our guests are ALLISON VULGAMORE, CEO and President of the Philadelphia Orchestra and JOHN KOEN, cellist and chairman of the Orchestra Musicians Committee.

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