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Sacramento Philharmonic and Sacramento Opera scrap fall seasons

Wow. The arts news in Sacramento is dire. From the Sacramento Bee:

For the first time in its 17-year history, the Sacramento Philharmonic will not present any concerts during the fall season, and it remains unclear whether its musicians will return to the stage in the spring of 2015. The Sacramento Opera has also decided not to stage performances in the fall. The decision follows months of financial uncertainty for the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance, the organization formed last year when the philharmonic merged with the Sacramento Opera.

Larry Gardner, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 12 and principal bassonist in the Fresno Philharmonic, is quoted in the story:

He noted that smaller orchestras in smaller cities such as the Fresno Philharmonic and Modesto Philharmonic are presenting full seasons in 2014-15 after cutting back on offerings directly after the recession. “Those orchestras have turned a corner,” said Gardner. “When you look at the skyline in Sacramento and then look at Modesto or Fresno’s, you begin to wonder, ‘What’s going on in Sacramento?’ ” Gardner said. “It sure looks like there is money in Sacramento, but it doesn’t seem to be going to the orchestra or opera company.”

Let’s be thankful that things seem more stable in Fresno. The Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Grand Opera both announced lively new seasons. 

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