Green Bay Symphony Orchestra to close after the season

CREATED May 4, 2014

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra survived plenty of lean times in its 100-year history, but the current economic downturn has proven too difficult to overcome.

The symphony will fall silent at the end of the season.

Orchestra spokesman Dan Linssen says the decision to shut down was a difficult one. But he says the orchestra can't continue to offer high-quality performances without knowing from one event to the next whether it'll be able to cover its costs.

He says the orchestra has been losing $30,000 to $50,000 for the past few years. He says donations are down and patrons of the arts aren't turning out as they used to.

The first concert of the final season will be a Star Spangled Celebration on Sept. 13.

The orchestra began in 1913.