Work is continuing on the resurrection of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, which went dark in November because of a $575,000 debt.
Mayor Ernie Kell and Robert Langslet, chairman of a task force created to bring the symphony back to life, Tuesday announced the names of the orchestra's new managing directors and executive board members. The managing directors will have sole responsibility for operation of the symphony until the ensemble's financial crisis is over, or one year passes, Langslet said.
The executive board members will function as a board of directors, suggesting strategies to overcome the debt problems. And the existing symphony board, which voted to cancel most of the orchestra's 1984-85 season, will remain as an advisory and fund-raising body, Langslet said.
The three new managing directors are Michael J. Choppin, president and chairman of the board of IDM Corp; George M. Murchison, president of Murchison & Marek accountancy corporation, and Dr. Robert W. Porter, president of the Long Beach Symphony Assn.