The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is proposing a $500,000 cut to its budget for next season with hopes of keeping as many instrumentalists as possible. The current budget would fall to about $2.4 million. President of the Board of Directors, Ted Legasey, says they are trying to make the most sound decision.
“The orchestra has finished in the red seven out of the last nine years, so it’s structurally not financially stable and that was before we got into this financial climate. So, we’ve got a financially fragile organization flying into this environment that we’re all in today and, ah, we just can’t survive at our present size.”
Legasey says sales are not declining, despite a poor economy, but they just simply have too many salaried, talented players. Right now, 44 positions are filled, but that may drop to as low as 16. As for cultural impact, Legasey doesn’t see the downsizing as a problem for the community, as they will keep the key instrumentalists on board.
“The community owns the orchestra and we’re just stuarts trying to preserve the orchestra for the community.”
A decision will be announced within six weeks.