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GBSO will shut down after the 2014-15 season

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Standard set of timpani Percussion. (Photo from: By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Standard set of timpani Percussion. (Photo from: By Jorge Royan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will play its final notes during the 2014-15 season.

On Friday, orchestra leaders announced they are ending their run after a century of music.

“It was a very difficult decision to make,” GBSO Executive Director Dan Linssen said in a news release. “However, we cannot continue offering high quality, professional performances not knowing from concert to concert if we’ll be able to cover our costs.”

Several reasons were given for shutting it down, including insufficient financial support, dwindling attendance and season-ticket subscribers and the cost of concerts.

Orchestra leaders point out that in recent years, they have cut staff, worked with musicians to cut costs and reduce rehearsal time, hired professional fundraisers and adjusted programming to try to increase attendance and attract new audiences.

While music director Donato Cabrera plans to step down, orchestra leaders are moving ahead with plans for at least four performances taking place between September and April. If a sponsor is found, they could add a fifth performance.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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