Trouble in Vienna as concert hall loses main sponsor
December 31, 2013 by Norman Lebrecht
While the Vienna Philharmonic gleams and waltzes in tomorrow’s New Year’s Day gala, Vienna’s other concert hall has stumbled into crisis.
The board of directors cannot decide on a president to succeed Dr. Theresa Jordis, who died in September, and the leading sponsor, Kapsch, have announced they are pulling out of the shaky enterprise.
The Konzerthaus is owned and operated by a private association with 9,000 members. Anyone can join for an annual fee of around EUR 50. But decisions are taken by a inner clique of 25 board members. The Austrian Government provides 2 million Euros a year in subsidy and the lead sponsor 200,000.
George Kapsch quit after his candidate was rejected for the presidency. His departure, our insider says, could cause a confidence crisis. There has been some media chatter, and the situation seems to be worsening. Not a good omen for the New Year.
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