Another one of the orchestras that I frequently play with discontinue operations.
Here is a press release that I took from their website:
Dear Pops Patrons
Vincent Zito, Founder and Artistic Director of the Key West Pops Orchestra, Inc., along with the Key West Pops Board of Directors, regretfully announce that they have decided to discontinue the operation of The Key West Pops Orchestra. “The Pops has given me many wonderful opportunities these past 13 years; the opportunity to explore and grow as a
conductor, the opportunity to work and make music with some
of the most talented musicians currently working in show business and the opportunity to share all of that with receptive and enthusiastic audiences.” says Vincent Zito. The economic climate has made it a struggle to raise the funds necessary to put on the caliber of full orchestra performances that have been the hallmark of the Key West Pops, despite the generous support of so many in this small community. “I speak on behalf of the entire Board of Directors when I say that this was not an easy decision. We seriously considered other alternatives such
as reducing the scale of our productions, but we felt that the quality of our programs could not be maintained in doing so.” said President Lurana Snow. The Board collectively determined that the best course of action would be to end the Pops’ 13 year run on a high note with this very successful season, with all expenses paid and resist the temptation of continuing just for the sake of continuing. “Running the Pops for the past six seasons has been an amazing experience for me and I sincerely thank Vincent and the entire Board for such a wonderful opportunity.” says Executive Director Stephanie Hellstrom. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has been a part of our organization: Performers, Board members past and present, volunteers, contributors and, of course, our audience. The Board believes that The Key West Pops has fulfilled its mission to the community by providing the highest caliber of live orchestral and vocal music to enrich and entertain by putting together well-known artists from out of town along with local musicians and by providing performance opportunities for many of our talented Key West citizens. The Key West Pops’ name and logo, trademarked to Vincent Zito, will also be retiring with the organization. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your enthusiastic support throughout the years