Good News From Milwaukee

Things are looking up at the Milwaukee Symphony, which has struggled in recent years with budget deficits and declining ticket sales. New subscribers for the 2005-06 season rose a whopping 39%, and renewals jumped from 75% to 84%. “Fewer concerts and a big surge in single ticket sales led to several sellouts.” The MSO still ran a $671,000 deficit for the season, but that’s better than had been projected, and keeps the orchestra in line with its three-year plan to eliminate red ink.