Philadelphia Orchestra To File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Originally published on April 18, 2011 6:25 am
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From member station WHYY, Peter Crimmins reports.


PETER CRIMMINS: On Saturday morning, outside the meeting where the orchestra board members were expected to vote for bankruptcy, about 40 players gathered to express their opposition through music.


CRIMMINS: The Wister Quartet's Davyd Booth - who also performs with the orchestra - played Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings."

DAVYD BOOTH: We feel this is a somber occasion, and we wanted pieces that we felt were both somber and emotional.

CRIMMINS: The chairman of the orchestra's board, Richard Worley, says inside the meeting the tone was also emotional.

RICHARD WORLEY: You have a group of people who care deeply about this orchestra, making a decision that they hoped they never would have to make.

CRIMMINS: Jesse Rosen, the president of the American League of Orchestras, says bankruptcy for an organization the size and reputation of the Philadelphia Orchestra is unprecedented.

JESSE ROSEN: We're confronting a culture that is shifting, and there's a message to rest of to the rest of the field in Philadelphia that it's not enough to be really, really good.

CRIMMINS: For NPR news, I'm Peter Crimmins in Philadelphia. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.