The Savannah Symphony’s “Death Spiral”

The Savannah Symphony’s demise was awhile coming – the orchestra has made a series of mistakes over a number of years. “Unable to make payroll, $1.3 million in debt, demoralized by dwindling audiences and backstage squabbles, the orchestra first canceled several weeks of concerts while attempting a “rescue” fund-raising drive. When no major patrons answered the SOS, the season was declared over. In hindsight, the SSO’s death spiral started on two paths: budgetary promises made and later broken, and a triangle of acrimony within the organization.”