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February 08, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Orchestra to Resume: The financially strapped San Diego Symphony Orchestra, which suspended its season Jan. 13, has received enough money from two major donors to resume performances while fund-raising continues, board president Elsie Weston announced Tuesday. Pending approval of the musicians, who must agree not to seek back wages, the season would begin again on Feb. 23 and continue through March. Weston would not say how much money had been donated but identified the donors as the Price Charities and the Jacobs Family Trust (the Price family owns Price Co., the discount retailer that recently merged with Costco; Irwin Jacobs owns QualComm, which is developing cellular phone technology). On Jan. 13, the orchestra played what was hailed as its farewell concert, having failed to raise enough money to erase $3 million in debts. Weston said that the board now hopes to raise a $12-million endowment by the end of summer.

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