April 20, 1992 |
The lingering recession has created a "quiet crisis" in the performing arts that is prompting the Orange County Performing Arts Center to cut the number of events it presents by at least 20% and scale back its budget slightly for 1992, center officials announced late last week. The economic slump has caused arts organizations nationwide to cancel tours, postpone or scotch new works or fold entirely, thereby diminishing the range and number of productions available, center president Thomas R.
January 3, 1992 |
It was a coup for a rising young orchestra: the Southern California premiere of a major new work, John Corigliano's First Symphony. "I'm extremely proud that we did it," said Louis G. Spisto, executive director of the Pacific Symphony, which performed the work at two subscription concerts in December. "It is important for an orchestra to do these things." But Spisto says the Pacific's ability to pull off such events is beginning to suffer under the nation's deepening recession.
October 28, 1992
The Cultural Affairs Commission has approved eight arts grants for 1992-93 that were appealed for technical reasons. The grants totaled $70,000 and ranged from $15,000 to the California Traditional Music Society (to produce the 13th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music & Dance Festival) to $5,000 each for the California West Coast and New Art Assn. (toward publication of the New Art Examiner) and the Los Angeles Solo Repertory Orchestra (for projects with students and senior citizens).
September 5, 1992 |
Orange County arts groups stand to receive nearly 30% less California Arts Council money than last year, partly because of state budget cuts and partly because some organizations have deteriorated in the eyes of the council. According to figures released Friday, CAC advisory panels are recommending 14 local groups for a total of $202,838 this year, down from $285,409 in 1991-92.
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August 6, 1993 |
A proposal to cut off city funding of cultural activities was rejected this week on a 3-2 vote of the City Council. Councilman Robert F. Dinsen had sought a one-year moratorium on fees that the city imposes on developers to help finance cultural activities. He said the fees should be relaxed to help attract businesses. "We have quite a few chunks of vacant land, and we should ease things on developers and get something done," Dinsen said. Councilman Bruce A.
June 17, 1993 |
Despite the cancellation of its 1993 outdoor summer season, GroveShakespeare received a vote of confidence from the City Council even as the last remnants of the Grove's board of trustees decided to seek protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy laws. At the same time, a dissenting council member has charged that the theater company "mishandled" funds awarded by the city in April.
February 23, 1993 |
Facing a decline in the number of touring orchestras, the Orange County Philharmonic Society on Monday announced a scaled-back 1993-94 season at the Performing Arts Center. The new season includes only eight orchestral concerts at the hall. These are in addition to a five-program series recently approved after three weeks of controversy over the center's opposition to the society's plan to bring in such non-orchestral performers as the Chieftains and Les Ballets Africains.
February 25, 1993 |
South Coast Repertory has won $30,000 as its share of more than $400,000in new grants awarded nine U.S. theater companies to develop works for young people and their families. The Costa Mesa troupe is the only California company chosen in the first round in the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund's New Works for Young Audiences pilot program.
July 3, 1993 |
GroveShakespeare, which canceled its 1993 season and collapsed in all but name last month, has proposed that it continue managing the city-owned Gem Theatre and Festival Amphitheatre. But the proposal makes no provision for the company to produce its own shows, offer rebates to its subscribers or pay its creditors.
January 22, 1993 |
It might not have been a year of diminished expectations, but 1992 was one of diminished results at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Programming, ticket sales, attendance and fund raising all dropped during the year, but officials nevertheless managed to end up with a surplus of slightly more than half a million dollars. The reason: Expenses were also down, from $19.7 million in 1991 to $17.3 million.