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Celebrating 13 Wonderful Years - the Key West Pops is Retiring
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Fiddlerman
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April 25, 2012 - 4:01 pm
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Another one of the orchestras that I frequently play with discontinue operations.
Here is a press release that I took from their website:

Vincent P. Zito
Founder/Artistic Director

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

Lurana S. Snow President

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…

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I simply cannot imagine why such an operation can not be scaled to the local economy and musical tastes rather than say it is a 50 piece orchestra or nothing ?  (I don't know how big the group is, but it looks large on-line.)

I used to attend a Yale U. Summer retreat where the concerts were maybe 10 pieces max and even down to trios.  I was never disappointed with the size of the group.  They  (music school Profs.) were  superb!

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That's truly sad for sure. You would think in an area filled with rich retired folk that love the theatre that something could have been done. Should of just fired the people on the board responsible for fund raising. When I lived in MN. the Minnesota Orchestra was doomed because the theater was considered unsafe and they used so many different ways of fund raising and such to build a beautiful new theatre and they thrive today.

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It's a sad news 🙁

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Fiddlerman
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April 25, 2012 - 10:53 pm
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Maybe it was my performance when we did Kiss Me Kate a month ago. LOL

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I'm sure it wasn't your performance FM!

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I'm with Oliver on this one. 

I lived in the keys for 3 or 4 years and never heard of the Key West Pops.  Fewer musicians might make budget constrains tolerable, and perhaps produce more revenue, for smaller venues would then feel attractive for the remaining members; 10 traveling musicians headed for Miami or Jacksonville is a lot cheaper than 50, and a school gymnasium is certainly less costly to rent than a amphitheater.

And whoever mentioned the rich in the Keys.....well.....My friend payed more in property taxes for his small house with almost no lot than I made in wages in 3 months.  That's your efficient government caring for you....go figure  

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Fiddlerman
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April 27, 2012 - 10:52 pm
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True true. I don't really know the real back-ground as to why it failed economically. This last concert was the first time in a while that we actually did a double and it was a great success with a full audience too.

There must be a way.

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