Colorado Symphony leaders seek to regain community trust

Posted on: October 31, 2011

In Sunday’s (10/30) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes, “After weeks of uncertainty and fears that the Colorado Symphony could even fold, interim chief executive Jim Copenhaver vows to return the orchestra to financial viability and restore public confidence. Three weeks into a job he first held in 1990-94 and twice later on an temporary basis, Copenhaver is working overtime to make sense of the organization’s muddled finances, revise its 2011-12 budget and reach out to old and new contributors. The message from him and Jerome and Mary Rossick Kern, who recently returned as co-chairs of the board of trustees, is simple and direct: ‘We’re assuring people that we know what we’re doing,’ he said. ‘We know how to fix it. We don’t know all the answers yet, but we’re going to get it fixed. And we’ve done it before. We’re not new kids on this block.’ He does not know when the symphony, which was forced to cancel half of its concerts in October and November, will release a revised 2011-12 budget. … Copenhaver has learned his share of lessons in crisis management, having stepped into a similar situation during his last interim tenure with the symphony in 2001-02 and having helped other organizations in similar plights as a national arts consultant.”

Posted October 31, 2011