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In December, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) announced a balanced budget for fiscal year 2019. An operating surplus of $143,337 for the year will be moved to a “rainy day” fund. This was the orchestra’s 24th balanced budget out of the past 26 years.
The SPCO also announced record high attendance for the 2018-2019 season, with nearly 109,000 people at 147 concerts, as well as record annual fund giving. Among its artistic achievements, SPCO commissioned five new pieces, gave the world premieres of seven new works, launched a biennial festival that will represent community issues through music, performed at the 2019 Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and live-streamed six concerts. SPCO musicians are members of Local 30-73 (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN).
Due to losses in corporate funding, the orchestra took steps to trim the annual budget during fiscal year 2019—including ending its sponsorship of a new-music series, discontinuing pre-concert talks, and cutting three staff positions.