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Report: GBSO profitable 2 of the past 3 years; closing due to "donor fatigue"

Standard set of timpani Percussion. (Photo from: By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Standard set of timpani Percussion. (Photo from: By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra did make a profit a couple times in recent years -- but its director said it was not enough to avoid shutting it down after the upcoming season.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette said the symphony made money in two of the last three seasons.

Director Dan Linssen calls that a "fluke," caused by the fact that donors had to be approached in desperation due to the orchestra's dire finances.

Linssen said "donor fatigue" set in. He said the management was privately meeting with musicians who thought that not enough was done to raise funds.

The Press-Gazette cited tax recrods showing that the Green Bay Symphony made profits of $5,000 in 2011, and almost $12,000 last year. It lost $32,000 in 2012.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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