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Financial woes put Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra season in peril

By John Terauds on September 17, 2012

Last week, Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra president Milos Krajny sent out a letter saying the organization needs to raise $150,000 by the end of the month, or it won’t be able to present its five-concert season starting Oct. 18.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds

The Philharmonia, a re-incarnation of the orchestra led by Kerry Stratton for many years, has been around in its current form since 2010. Its concerts are based at the excellent George Weston Recital Hall, and it counts many fine professional Toronto musicians on its roster.

Uri Mayer

It landed the internationally known Uri Mayer as its music director last year. Meyer also enjoys a close association with the Royal Conservatory of Music downtown.

Krajny stated in his letter that attendance started at 70 per cent at the start of last season, rising to near capacity by the end, thanks to the excellent word of mouth. But those revenues only represent 35 per cent of the Philharmonia’s needed revenues.

The orchestra desperately needs corporate support and generous patrons. It’s the same situation that every other arts organization in Ontario faces. Except that smaller ensembles don’t have to worry about covering $30,000 in overhead costs for every single performance.

Because of their size and high expenses, many symphony orchestras across North America have had a very difficult time attracting audiences and sponsors over the past five years.

I will try to find out more about what’s going on and provide an update soon.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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