The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 January 2003

Diminished chords

Monday, a task force led by Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune will discuss the disbanding of the Tulsa Philharmonic, and what, if anything, can be done about it. The orchestra's board, seeing no way to get around a debt load of $1 million, has suspended the rest of the season and closed the office.

We know this situation here at the other end of the Turner Turnpike. The Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra folded in 1988. It took some doing, a lot of donations, and some concessions from the American Federation of Musicians, but we have an orchestra again. There's really no reason they can't do the same in Tulsa.

Posted at 4:20 PM to Soonerland , Tongue and Groove


Is this an epidemic? Acidman just posted a blog about Savannah's symphony being in the same boat.

Not sure if this link will work in the comments or not but have a look...

Posted by: Marc at 8:39 PM on 22 January 2003

The link works fine. (I'd read that piece; in fact, I'd already posted a comment to it.)

Actually, medium-sized orchestras are going down the chute fairly regularly. During the 90s, we lost New Orleans, San Diego and Sacramento, and probably a couple of others as well.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:48 PM on 22 January 2003