With donations down 60 percent from last year, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has suspended operations and will focus on restructuring in hopes of saving next season, writes The Post and Courier.
The disruption marks a first in the 75-year-old South Carolina company’s history. Ted Legasey, president of the symphony’s board, said the organization will cut staff positions and devise a recovery plan in an effort to avoid bankruptcy and regain its financial footing.
In other arts news, Charles Ryskamp, the longtime director of two of New York’s most prestigious small museums, died Friday at age 81, The New York Times reports.
Mr. Ryskamp, a literary scholar and art collector, ran the Pierpont Morgan Library from 1969 to 1987, when he was named director of the Frick Collection, a post he held until 1997. At both institutions, he was credited with making numerous key acquisitions and significantly increasing donations.
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