Breaking: Chicago to lose an orchestra

Just in from our associates at Chicago Classical Review:

Chamber orchestra Ars Viva’s season-closing concert next month will be its final performance.

Music director Alan Heatherington made the announcement at Sunday’s Ars Viva concert at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Gayle Heatherington, Ars Viva excutive director, said Monday morning that the ensemble was in “excellent financial health” with record subscription and single ticket sales and that the decision to draw the curtain was purely “a personal one.”

More here.

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  • Perhaps best to quit while you’re ahead, but how can you not wish well to an orchestra that programs Miklos Rozsa’s wonderful and scandalously neglected Violin Concerto?

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