Falling short of initial bid, Colorado Symphony secures city funds for Boettcher

Posted on: October 16, 2012

In Tuesday’s (10/16) Denver Post, Ray Mark Rinaldi writes, “Nine of Denver’s largest cultural institutions would receive a windfall of capital improvement cash under a mayor’s office plan to spend the last of the money voters agreed to borrow for building improvements in 2007. The $57 million remaining from the Better Denver bond initiatives would fund a new shared parking garage for The Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature & Science; a new amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park and a pedestrian bridge over Champa Street connecting the Denver Performing Arts Center to the Colorado Convention Center parking garage. … Losers include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which has been seeking funds to transform Boettcher Concert Hall where it plays into a state-of-the-art digital performance and recording center. However, $16.7 million will be spent to maintain and repair the concert hall. … Much of the bond money became available because a plan to spend $38 million overhauling Boettcher Concert Hall, which voters approved directly, fell through. That proposal called for the CSO to match the funds but it was unable to raise the money. The plan now goes to the City Council for approval.”

Posted October 16, 2012