Boston Classical Orchestra closes; successor group forms

Posted on: February 12, 2016

“The Boston Classical Orchestra, whose concerts in Faneuil Hall have made it a vibrant fixture of the city’s performing arts scene for more than three decades, will be filing for bankruptcy and plans to cease operations,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Wednesday’s (2/11) Boston Globe. “Ronald A. Arky, president of BCO’s board of trustees … [said] that the orchestra faced declining subscriptions, a deficit of more than $100,000, and a limited infrastructure for developing new audiences. The board president contacted the BCO musicians on Feb. 1 … to inform them that the group’s March and April programs would be canceled.… However… longtime BCO music director Steven Lipsitt is founding a new orchestra to be called the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society. With the participation of the BCO players, Lipsitt said, the Society plans to take over the March and April programs that BCO had planned. It will honor previously issued tickets, and will offer a new five-concert season of its own next year” in Faneuil Hall. “According to BCO timpanist Dennis Sullivan, virtually all of the orchestra’s current roster will be joining Lipsitt’s new venture.”  

Posted February 12, 2016