Concert Association of Florida near bankruptcy

Posted on: February 12, 2009

Wednesday (2/11) on his South Florida Classical Review website, Lawrence A. Johnson reports, “The cash-strapped Concert Association of Florida, leading presenter of classical music and dance for more than four decades in South Florida, is poised to file for bankruptcy as early as this week. … While Concert Association officials declined to discuss its financial status midweek, sources indicate that the organization is attempting to broker a deal with the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale to assume control of CAF’s remaining season events at their venues. At the Arsht Center this would include violinist Mark O’Connor on Feb 22 and Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic Feb. 26. … Rumors have been flying for weeks that the organization’s bankruptcy filing had happened or was imminent.” Attorney Robert Hudson, chairman of the board of the Concert Association, “said Tuesday no filing had taken place and likely would not occur until an agreement could be made to salvage the rest of the season under different auspices.”