'However, each of its performances costs SPAC an average of $180,000. And though corporate giving remains healthy, individual donations are not.
In fact, the orchestra has dropped its fees since 2008 - Vulgamore won't say how much, but described the decrease as "impactful" - in recognition of the fund-raising challenges.
Attendance figures are best perceived through various theories of relativity, and specific figures weren't available. The facility's covered seats number about 5,200, which means a full house is equal to two sellouts in many indoor theaters (Verizon Hall holds about 2,500). Some empty seats are to be expected. But almost half were empty on last week's rainy Thursday.
The hard numbers, says White, are "close to being flat, which is the new 'up.' So I think we'll be in pretty good shape."'