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Ohio Orchestra To Fold After 75 Years

May 25, 2016

Middletown Symphony to end musical programs

MIDDLETOWN — Middletown Symphony Orchestra’s 75th anniversary next year will also mark its grand finale.

Steve Ifcic, the symphony’s board chairman, said the board “has unanimously made the decision to close the curtain on the orchestra and end our musical programs in May of 2017 at the end of the 2016/2017 concert season.”

“Although a decision of this nature never comes easily, the fact is that there are many choices and much competition for an individual’s time and financial resources today, and we certainly took that into consideration,” Ifcic said in a letter being mailed this week to season ticket holders and symphony supporters.

“We decided to do this on our own terms and not go out limping but to go out on a high note with our 75th anniversary,” Ifcic told the Journal-News. “We wanted to make the announcement this year.”

The 2016-17 season will also mark the 35th anniversary for Carmon DeLeone as the symphony’s conductor.

“We are planning to make it a wonderful celebration of the past 75 years of music in Middletown,” Ifcic said of the final season.

He said this has been a decision that the board has discussed and mulled over for the past two years before coming to the conclusion to cease production.

More than 60 professional musicians participate in the orchestra performances at 750-seat seat Dave Finkelman Auditorium on the Miami University Middletown campus, according to Ifcic.

Except for the musicians, everyone else is a volunteer, he said.

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