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Its ticket sales up, ISO now takes its show on the road

Will Higgins, will.higgins@indystar.com 7:43 p.m. EST December 8, 2014

Revenue was up from last year. Ticket sales were way up.

So having weathered hard times, the mood at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual meeting Monday was upbeat.

“We certainly are encouraged,” CEO Gary Ginstling said in a phone interview before the meeting.

He pointed out the ISO’s new outreach efforts of taking its concerts — with the full orchestra — on the road. Earlier this fall, the ISO did a concert in Greenwood and one in Avon, and more are ahead.

Just two years ago, the future of the eight-decades-old orchestra seemed iffy. Cash-strapped and with its musicians and management at odds over a new contract, the ISO board canceled the first two weeks of the 2012-13 season. The musician pool was trimmed from 79 players to 74, and the administration was trimmed about 40 percent. Those who kept their jobs took pay cuts.

Now, fortunes are rebounding. After three consecutive years of shrinking, ticket sales for 2013-14 rose to $7.5 million from $6.4 million the previous year.


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