Memphis Symphony Orchestra Prepares to "Wind Down"

Jan 31, 2014


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Barring a massive funding infusion, Memphis Symphony Orchestra board members have approved a resolution to "wind-down" the organization's operations at the end of the season.

The Commercial Appeal reports orchestra officials say they would need $20 million to $25 million to carry on without major changes.

In order to finish out the current season, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has cut jobs and pay and pared down productions.

Board chairwoman Gayle Rose says that officials aren't sure yet what winding down will mean. She says a best-case scenario would include fewer performances and less community outreach.