NC Symphony meets fundraising target

Posted July 1, 2011 1:19 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Symphony has qualified for a challenge grant included in the state budget by raising more than $8 million in donations, officials said Friday.

The challenge grant provides the orchestra with an additional $1.5 million.

“Thank you to the more than 3,700 individual, foundation and corporate contributors and concertgoers, educators, students, arts advocates and residents from across North Carolina and beyond who, through their generosity, made this happen,” North Carolina Symphony Society Board Chairwoman Catharine Arrowood said in a statement.

The symphony has cut its budget by more than 20 percent through musician and staff wage concessions and resource cuts, officials said.

About 200,000 people attended the orchestra’s public concerts across the state in the past year, officials said. The symphony also performed 43 free concerts to elementary and middle school students in more than 25 North Carolina counties.

In the coming year, the symphony will perform with pianist Yuja Wang and singer/songwriter Art Garfunkel, celebrate Leonard Bernstein and Billy Joel, explore three vibrant global musical cultures and feature Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and more.