Hutchinson Symphony to end in April

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) — The Hutchinson Symphony says their final performance will be April 7.

A letter was sent to donors, musicians, and patrons dated March 9 informing them of the decision to dissolve.

This has been a difficult decision, and there has been much effort expended to try to find ways to continue the mission. Many loyal donors have reached deep into their pockets, and many have given a great deal of time and energy to make the Hutchinson Symphony what it has been.”

Hutchinson Symphony Board

The letter cites a decline in attendance and in patrons who helped fund the symphony, along with a lack of a talent pool in the Hutchinson area, and a decline in volunteers. It also notes that they have been unable to recruit expertise in fundraising, and grant writing, and a change from strictly classical performance to pop and contemporary selections did not result in increased ticket sales.

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As we close this chapter of our community life, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. (Richard) Koshgarian for building and directing an extraordinary orchestra, and to the many musicians, donors and patrons who have made the Symphony such a gem.”

Hutchinson Symphony Board

The symphony will perform tonight at the historic Fox Theatre in Hutchinson with the Texas Tenors. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The final performance will take place on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. with guest artists Acoustic Eidolon.

Tickets are available by clicking here.

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