Two plans aim to rescue struggling National Philharmonic

Posted on: July 31, 2019

“Two weeks ago, the Maryland-based National Philharmonic announced that it was planning to close because it had run out of money,” writes Anne Midgette in Tuesday’s (7/30) Washington Post. “Now, the group has an embarrassment of riches. On Tuesday, the orchestra administration said that it had raised the funds needed to stay open, while on Monday night, a local musician and businessman presented to the board a concrete proposal to save the year-round regional orchestra, which performs at Strathmore in Montgomery County. ‘We certainly are thrilled beyond belief that the community has come together to support this organization with its hard-earned dollars …’ said Leanne Ferfolia, the orchestra’s president, who has been working overtime on an emergency fundraising campaign to raise the $150,000 needed by Wednesday. Meanwhile, James Kelly, a violist who is co-owner of Potter Violins in Silver Spring, said he had pledges from 12 donors, including himself, amounting to $275,000. The only contingency: that the orchestra … allow him to take over as interim president.” Kelly has played with the orchestra for six seasons, serving as personnel manager for the past two. “Now the orchestra’s board has to decide what to do with … the two competing plans so its season can start as announced Sept. 21.”

Posted July 31, 2019

In photo: Music Director Piotr Gajewski leads the National Philharmonic in a concert last season at Strathmore. (Photo by Joshua Cogan)