Changing Its Tune

Symphony considers hard choices to survive in bad economic times

Mozart's "Jupiter" symphony was on the program of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's November 15 performance, but the intricate piece was not what most concertgoers were talking about afterward.

That's because, during intermission, the president of the symphony's board stood up and made a startling announcement: If the orchestra didn't raise $250,000 by the end of December, Ted Legasey said, the stage would go dark.

While the orchestra met that goal, raising more than $358,000