With a loss of $110,000 from city coffers, as mandated by the Mayor's cost cutting plan, the Louisville Orchestra has been forced to cancel one portion of its scheduled January performances honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The City has been a lead partner with us in this important program for years," said Robert Birman, the Orchestra's Chief Operating Officer. "We had always planned three special concert performances to mark the observance of Dr. King's holiday, one public and two for area school children. Regrettably now, the free public performance planned for January 18 must be cancelled due to the significance of the city's cuts."
"This is a most disappointing predicament," added Birman. "But as everyone will agree consequences from cuts of this scale and scope simply cannot be avoided. We've said very publicly that we feel the Mayor is doing what is necessary for our City. Without funding, we simply cannot stage a free public concert; we'd be digging our hole even deeper by doing so."
The Louisville Orchestra is pleased to announce that essential support from E.ON U.S. and Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District has been redirected to ensure the Orchestra's student concerts, which are both sold out, will endure. "Given the demand from local schools stemming from the historic context of this year's national election, the Louisville Orchestra felt those performances simply had to go forward," said Birman. The Orchestra will reach almost 3,000 elementary school students through its two performances on January 16 at the Brown Theatre.
Louisville's Fund for the Arts, which owns and operates the Brown Theatre, has generously agreed to donate the hall for the student concerts as their contribution to the event.
"City funding to the Louisville Orchestra primarily supports programs for area youth," said Deborah Moore, the Orchestra's Director of Education and Community Engagement. "Our Martin Luther King, Jr. concerts are not the only programs that will be affected by the reduction in city grants. The Orchestra's nearly 70-year-old MakingMUSIC program is also impacted in a significant way." MakingMUSIC serves approximately 20,000 school children each spring, providing many with their first exposure to classical music and a live concert setting. "In all, these programs cost over $300,000 to produce each year," continued Moore. "We are all working feverishly to find replacement support so our kids don't bear the brunt of this financial shortfall."
Community members who wish to make a charitable donation in support of the Orchestra's education and community engagement programs may do so by visiting a special page on the website, www.LouisvilleOrchestra.org/kids.htm or calling (502) 587-8681. Donations are fully tax-deductible and can also be mailed to Louisville Orchestra, c/o Youth Education Concerts, 323 W. Broadway, Suite 700, Louisville, KY 40202.
The Louisville Orchestra entertains, educates and enriches our community through a broad outreach of diverse programs built on the traditions of live orchestral music with passionate dedication to artistic excellence.