Fremont Symphony appeals for community support to keep playing

Posted on: December 21, 2012

In Friday’s (12/21) Fremont Bulletin (Colorado), Wes Bowers writes, “It has been an uncertain year for the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. Faced with budget woes and the possibility of a canceled 2013 season, the symphony faced other blows when long-time conductor David Sloss was replaced, as was business manager Sue Rose last summer. More sullen news surfaced later in the year when Rose passed away in September. Now the symphony is looking for donations to continue playing, well through next year’s 50th anniversary schedule. What was once filled with nearly a dozen performances is now reduced to four next year, with the first of 2013 a guild recital on Jan. 20 at the Fremont United Methodist Church featuring the St. Michael Trio. … Personnel director Carole Klein said the reduction in schedule was due to the symphony’s budget cutbacks, as well as the Board of Directors’ decision to try to move in a new direction. The symphony operates on a $250,000 budget, but has maxed out its credit of $45,000. In addition, it has an operating deficit of as much as $15,000. … A fund-raiser will be held sometime in April to help raise more. Board President Steve Pietkiewicz led the charge to raise more than $67,000 in 2009, a number that saved the symphony.”

Posted December 21, 2012