Florida Phil: We Tried Everything

The chairman of the board of the now-bankrupt Florida Philharmonic says he’s proud of the efforts his board made to save the orchestra. He said “the high-profile plea for donors to come forward to save the Philharmonic netted only $770,000, far short of the $4.5 million necessary to see the orchestra through the 2003-04 season. That amount was barely a fraction of the original $20 million requested as a sign of the community’s willingness to support the orchestra. ‘We didn’t even get close to that figure, which made a bankruptcy filing inevitable’.”