Keep Louisville Symphonic Plans Third Concert

by Gabe Bullard on March 28, 2011

The Keep Louisville Symphonic organization will have its third concert this weekend.

KLS was founded by the members of the Louisville Orchestra, which is currently undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The organization is meant to show that there is support for a 71-member orchestra, despite requests by orchestra management to trim the official ensemble by several members to cut costs.

The last two KLS concerts have been fundraisers for the group, but proceeds from Saturday’s event will go to tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan. The previous concerts were also full orchestra performances, but spokesperson Donna Parkes says the next concert will feature smaller chamber ensembles made up of orchestra musicians.

“This [the tsunami] was an event, obviously, that no one foresaw and something that we wanted to respond to quickly. To do that, to put on a full symphony concert, takes a great deal of organizing and time. This was our way to respond as quickly as we could to the crisis and try to raise some funds for those in need,” she says.

Parkes says there will likely be a full symphony performance later in April and two in May.

The orchestra management must submit a financial reorganization plan in court by the end of May. That’s when the musicians’ contract expires. Parkes says the musicians are still being paid with a grant from the ensemble’s endowment.

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Beth Meadows March 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

The Orchestra members have proven they can play beautifully AND raise money. The Orchestra Board has proven that they CANNOT raise money. I thiink the entire current Board should resign and a Board should be elected that is committed to making the LO an orchestra Louisville can be proud of! Members of the Orchestra should also sit on the Board and Executive Board to make sure money is being raised and quality standards are being upheld.

Dr. Alice Cash March 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Amen to that!! Sounds like a fantastic idea!

R Birman March 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Ms. Meadows, you should know that the Orchestra Board raised more funds in 2008 and 2009 than at any other time in the Orchestra’s past, in spite of the Recession. It may behoove listeners and readers to understand the facts:

Members of the Orchestra do sit on the board, and have done so for years. In fact, they serve on nearly all board committees, including finance, which means they receive exactly the same information as board members.

By diminishing the efforts of the current board with your comments, you, in turn, diminsh the work of all boards for the past 30 years at the Orchestra, as none have proven able to sustain the existing model (which, as the web site above will demonstrate) is larger than comparably-sized American orchestras. Please read the historical C-J coverage on the website. The Orchestra has approached insolvency, on average, every 4.5 years since 1981. To ignore the fact that the cost basis is unsustainable is to discharge the responsibility the board has to serve as responsible stewards of this community asset.

The Louisville Orchestra board expects to balance the model across all areas of the organization, not just from one source.

R Birman March 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm
Hal Moser March 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm

WOW can I donate money to you and your organization, you are such the spokesperson….Seriously, I have regularly attended orchestra concerts in Louisville, never subscribed. I have always fully enjoyed the experience, yet I give a donation to the Chicago Symphony every year…why you might ask. It’s quite an easy answer, THEY ASK.

Josh March 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

Beth Meadows hit the nail on the head

Bill Lindberg March 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Would the KLS be interested booking a Van Kliburn Silver Medalist pianist performing free a major piano concerto such as Rachmaninoff 2 or 3 with the orchestra. Please contact me for more information.

Dr. Alice Cash March 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I would sure love that, but I’m just an audience member…and I vote for the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto!!!

Catherine Smith March 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I highly endorse Beth Meadows’ idea about the current Board and need for orchestra members to participate in a new Board and Executive Board. Our orchestra members are highly talented and dedicated professionals who need to have a hand in their own management.

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