When Colonial Williamsburg cut funding for the Virginia Symphony's July Fourth outdoor concert this year, symphony supporters began looking for other ways to raise the more than $50,000 needed.
They approached the Williamsburg City Council, which indicated it would kick in about $23,000 to pay for the orchestra. And they launched an online Kickstarter campaign to raise another $31,000 to pay for the staging, audio set-up and large video screen.
But this year's efforts weren't successful, said Bert Aaron, a Williamsburg-area resident who sits on the Virginia Symphony board.
"The symphony had a deadline, and we had 20 days to raise the money," said Aaron, who launched the campaign with Adam Steely, an owner of the Blue Talon Bistro. "We just couldn't do it."
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