Long Island Philharmonic shuts down
The Long Island Philharmonic, one of the Island’s longest continuously operated performing arts institutions, announced Monday that it will close effective immediately.
“This is a tragedy for all of Long Island,” Larry Austin, Philharmonic chairman, said in a statement announcing the board’s decision to cease operations after 36 years. “We did everything we could to keep the music playing, but these are tough times for arts organizations everywhere.”
The Philharmonic, co-founded by Harry Chapin, suspended its subscription concert season more than five years ago due to financial shortfalls. It shut down after a failure to reach an agreement to renegotiate terms of a loan that would allow the Philharmonic to continue paying its freelance musicians and skeleton staff. As a result, there will be no in-school programs — serving thousands of students, often in underserved districts in terms of classical music training — with Philharmonic musicians this spring, and no free concerts this summer in parks across Long Island.
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