The Oregon Symphony announced its eighth consecutive balanced budget for the 2016-17 season, as well as a 20 percent increase in the number of concerts performed. The orchestra reported increases in total ticket revenue (up 21 percent versus the previous year), and total seats sold (up 18 percent). Total subscription revenue rose 4 percent and total single-ticket revenue rose 29 percent. First-time buyers accounted for 26 percent of all tickets sold, a 12 percent increase over the previous year. Ticket revenue for classical concerts was up 13 percent over the previous year, and 30 percent of the season’s concerts sold out. In addition, in 2016-17 the orchestra expanded its education and community engagement efforts, increasing the number of programs by 4 percent and reaching 19 percent more people. The orchestra’s annual free Waterfront Concert drew 15,000 attendees, and featured more than a dozen performing ensembles. The concert is the culminating event in a daylong music festival at the park featuring performances by area arts groups.
Posted August 3, 2017