Outpouring of donor support keeps Illinois’ New Philharmonic optimistic

Posted on: February 22, 2013

In Friday’s (2/22) Daily Herald (Chicago), Christopher Placek writes, “Less than a week after pledge cards were sent to supporters of the New Philharmonic Orchestra at the College of DuPage, the 36-year-old professional orchestra is beginning to get some of the financial support college officials say is necessary to keep it performing. The 80-member ensemble was in jeopardy of giving its final performance last month, in the face of declining attendance during off-campus performances as the orchestra’s home, the McAninch Arts Center, undergoes a $35 million renovation project. But a better turnout at that performance and an outpouring of support from patrons via emails to college officials spurred them to approve an abbreviated 2013-14 season—all the while emphasizing that increased financial support from the community would be necessary to keep the orchestra performing once the MAC reopens in 2014. On Thursday, MAC Director Stephen Cummins told the college’s board of trustees that five days after sending pledge cards to past subscribers and current donors of the orchestra, a total of $20,000 has been pledged to date. The college’s annual goal to patrons is $150,000, as part of a three-season pledge drive that officials say would guarantee the orchestra remains at the MAC through 2016.”

Posted February 22, 2013