National Philharmonic raises sufficient funds to stay in operation; further details expected next week

Posted on: August 2, 2019

“Two weeks after announcing it would cease operations, the National Philharmonic at Strathmore has managed to raise enough money to stay afloat,” writes Alessia Grunberger in Thursday’s (8/1) (Bethesda, MD). “The esteemed orchestra broke the news on its fundraising site, which organizers used to collect $150,000 by July 31.… The group has received more than 400 donations, totaling more than $200,000…. ‘We are gratified that people have such a strong attachment to National Philharmonic,’ Todd Eskelsen, the orchestra’s Board of Directors chairman, told Bethesda Beat…. The National Philharmonic holds dozens of performances a year at the Music Center at Strathmore. But in recent years, the National Philharmonic has struggled financially…. In addition to receiving hundreds of donations, National Philharmonic violinist and businessman Jim Kelly has offered to give more than $500,000 in financial assistance…. But [as part of Kelly’s terms]… the orchestra must remove Eskelsen as board chair and appoint Kelly as president…. Kelly says the money isn’t enough to stabilize the group long-term. The National Philharmonic is reportedly mulling over the offer. Eskelsen tells the news outlet that he expects a decision by the end of next week.”

Posted August 2, 2019