ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A bit of Beethoven, to start off a St. Louis Symphony town hall meeting, Thursday night.
At a time when Orchestras across the country are faltering financially, the St. Louis Symphony is again posting strong numbers.
“Over a three year period now we’ve seen about a 36% increase in our ticket revenue and a 17% increase in our in our attendance,” states President Fred Bronstein.
Ticket sales this season are up 4% and sponsorships, underwriting and donations are up 7.5%. The Symphony has drawn about 22,000 brand new audience members, according to Bronstein.
Bronstein contributes some of the success to spending more carefully.
“The interesting thing that I would note, is if you look at our expenses today compared to ten years ago, and you adjust them for inflation, they’re actually 18 percent below where they were.”
Seated in chairs on the stage, those supporters also screened a new television commercial , part of an effort to refine the Symphony’s brand.
You can watch that commercial below.
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