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Columbus Symphony: Could it really die?

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The Dispatch wrote Columbus Symphony: Could it really die?

Friday, March 14, 2008

BY MICHAEL GROSSBERG

Nearly broke and still short of solutions, the Columbus Symphony could fold as early as next month, the president of the symphony board says. Although efforts to save central Ohio’s largest arts organization continue behind the scenes, Robert “Buzz” Trafford said the orchestra’s demise is possible if additional donations prove elusive.

“Without more help, there’s a very real risk that our money won’t take us beyond the next month or two,” Trafford said. “Our options would become extremely limited, including suspension of operations.”

A spokesman for the musicians downplayed talk of a shutdown. “We’ve heard the rumors,” said principal tuba player Jim Akins. “I find it difficult to believe. … It would be a terrible tragedy. The city would lose its soul.”

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