“There has never been a better time to be in this business” – I’ve said that for the past few years and it’s still true. Moreover, that adage is especially applicable for select group of professional orchestras…
I’ll be publishing an article tomorrow which will announce that group of orchestras which have the greatest amount of potential among their peers to make tremendous gains in the next seven years. Nevertheless, for those of you who enjoy spoilers, I’ll give you a sneak peak at the ensemble in the top slot:
DANGER – SPOILERS AHEAD – TURN BACK NOW IF YOU PREFER TO BE SURPRISED TOMORROW
The orchestra with the greatest amount of potential over the next seven years is the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Between plans for a $400 million performing arts center (designed by the proven design team of David M. Schwarz and Akustiks that recently finished up Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center), a 49 percent increase in budget from 2003/2004 to 2005/2006, a new music director, and an ideal target population that multiplies like rabbits on Viagra, this organization has all the right conditions to become one of the highest budget ROPA ensembles by the 2013/2014 season. Or, dare I say, one of the newest members of ICSOM.
To give you some perspective, that means if the Las Vegas Philharmonic were a $7 million budget ensemble today, it is anticipated that they will need to be a $9.6 million budget ensemble by the 2013/2014 season. That works out to about a 300 percent increase in expendatures from where they were in 2005/2006 ($1.7 million) but don’t let those goals seem daunting, remember, they have demonstrated the ability to bump up their budget by a 49 percent increase in the space of two seasons and that was before anyone announced a new $400 million venue.
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out which other ensembles are on the Adaptistration “Great Expectations” list. In the meantime, which orchestras do you think have the greatest amount of potential over the next seven years?
Postscript: Part 1 is now published: click here