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BBC Spies Rough Waters Ahead for US Orchestras

Mike Lawson • News • August 1, 2012

In an in-depth story from the BBC, reporter Vincent Dowd explores many of the issues facing American orchestras in the near future.In an in-depth story from the BBC, reporter Vincent Dowd explores many of the issues facing American orchestras in the near future. In particular, he finds a troubling disconnect between classical programs and young audiences, as well as increasingly restrictive budgets. He tracks orchestras who have recently closed their doors for good in Syracuse, New Mexico, and Hawaii, and carefully follows the trials of Charlie Owens, CEO of the persistent Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

“As tastes change in America – and perhaps not just in America – the struggle gets harder,” says Owens.

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