ATLANTA -- Tough economic times and changing priorities are signaling new directions for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, now in its 66th year and the 10th anniversary for its Musical Director, Robert Spano.
The Atlanta Symphony is one of the nation's greatest orchestras. They are now facing challenges in a new world dominated by social media and economic downturns.
For the orchestra it's a matter of establishing financial stability and taking its music beyond Symphony Hall. And for Stanley Romanstein, Atlanta Symphony President, that means trimming a $2.5 million deficit on a $47 million budget in two years.
It won't be easy.
"We are not a very generous community when it comes to contributions to the support arts and culture. We like having a community rich in the arts, but if you look statistically we not very generous when it comes to supporting artistic institutions," Romanstein said.