Phil Faces Sad, Angry Public

The plight of the Florida Philharmonic has some members of the public seeing red over the constant pleas for a bailout. In a sampling of letters to the Miami Herald, one reader called the Phil a “bottomless pit,” forever looking to cure its own incompetence with other people’s money. But other letter-writers are begging the orchestra to find a way to stay solvent, lest South Florida be left without a professional-caliber orchestra. Writes one, “The next performance for the Philharmonic would have been Mozart’s Requiem. How fitting.”