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!
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
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.
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