Colorado Symphony cancels five shows in an effort to conserve cash

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The Colorado Symphony's financial woes continue, and now they're directly impacting programming.

Say "finis" to five programs originally scheduled for the next two months: the Halloween Spooktacular (October 30) for families; Shuffle (November 11), part of the innovative Inside the Score that attempts to make classical music easier to digest; and three Masterworks events: Faure Requiem (October 21-23); Romeo and Juliet Dance with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (November 18-20); and Brahams, Wagner and John Williams (December 2-4).

"The orchestra will perform a schedule designed to control costs and restore financial stability," a Colorado Symphony release sent yesterday reveals. The CSO had run into a $1.2 million cash shortfall in June.

The David Nail show, originally slated for October 8, is postponed and a new date has not been set. "David Nail isn't a part of this equation," says Margaret Williams, VP of marketing and communication, when Show and Tell asked for that show's status. "His show has been postponed until after his new album has been released."

From now until the holiday shows (that schedule has not been touched..,yet), the CSO will have the following shows:

  • Beethoven 7: October 14-16
  • The Devil's Fiddler: October 28
  • Patti Lupone: October 29
  • All Dvorak: November 4-6
  • Ozomatli: November 12
  • Drums of the World: November 27

To make up for three out of five Masterworks programs getting the axe, Friday dates have been added to the-still standing Beethoven 7 and All Dvorak.

The musicians, who'd signed a new three-year contract in April, had already taken a $530,000 pay cut before the recent schedule cut, "have agreed that in order to facilitate the new schedule, they will accept a further reduction in weekly pay during this period," according to the CSO release.

Those holding tickets for dead-before-arrival shows have three options: exchange their ticket for another concert, get a refund or donate the value of the tickets to the Symphony's Annual Fund. The CSO is asking folks to e-mail tickets@coloradosymphony.org with their name, address, phone, the tickets they're holding that are no longer valid and what they'd like done about them in order to "avoid wait times on the phone or in person."

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