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Reader: Colorado Symphony Orchestra interview with Barry Fey sounds a sour note

All the talk about the troubles at the Colorado Symphony (and watch for an update on the CSO's revised fall schedule today) had us thinking about the big troubles of 1989, when the Denver Symphony Orchestra was failing and concert promoter Barry Fey rode to the rescue, rallying the community.

Old news, says Zoe W. Instead of quoting Fey, we should be conducting our own campaign to save the CSO -- or at least raise awareness of its plight:

Barry Fey's in Denver is historical, certainly, but now it is not meaningful whatsoever.

I really don't understand why ANYONE would look to him for any advise or money or advise about money. Back in the 1970s and 1980s when he was the lone large scale producer in Denver, there might have been value, but now? There are plenty of amazing "show bookers" and promoters in town who have a current pulse on what is available, what makes money and what could help. Don't forget this year someone had the bright idea of booking a Pops series that included Pink Martini and Ben Folds which I thought was brilliant and was well received by the community.

Westword, give up on your promoting Barry Fey please, it's enough. Just because he picks up the phone doesn't mean you should call.

He is a dinosaur and not at all timely. What the Colorado Symphony doesn't need is advise from Barry Fey. His attitude of "if they fail, they fail" is sour and no one needs that energy around. Let it go Westword. He was generous once, great, now he is just seems bitter. Remember he had lots of money once too and could give away money as a write off, but that is doubtful now.

Let him be irked that some plaque has been removed. He needs to remain retired and do so gracefully (and albeit quietly) and not irk the community.

There used to be year round fundraising options for the Symphony, there were radio marathons, there were road races, there were options for people to donate. Now with the economy it just isn't feasible I am sure.

Instead of writing an article about a cash strapped Symphony and how Barry Fey is bitter and won't help, why not include a line or two with contact information for someone to call and donate on their own since he won't help? Why not be proactive Westword?

Heck I will : From their website:

Administration General inquiries:

Colorado Symphony Association Boettcher Concert Hall Denver Performing Arts Complex 1000 14th Street, #15 Denver, CO 80202-2333

Phone: (303) 292-5566 Fax: (303) 293-2649 Email:

Should the symphony be saved? What are you going to do?

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