27 Apr An excerpt from article Cities and Symphonies.
Orchestras have an economic impact on cities, from employing musicians and engaging scores of volunteers to bringing patrons downtown on concert days. But there’s also the intangible impact of creativity, collaboration and artistry, which occurs when one hears a performance or when members of an orchestra interact with students. “There’s a sense of distinct public value that orchestras bring to a city,” says Noonan. Take that away, and the loss can be felt long after the music stops.”