Honolulu Symphony's New Plan to Survive

Donna Walden
Donna Walden

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It was founded over a hundred years ago, and played through the Great Depression and two world wars.

But financial troubles almost silenced the symphony's music.

The show goes on and plans are in place to avoid another possible finale.

In this arena of wine and shine are newer supporters like donna walden setting the stage for the Honolulu Symphony to play on.

"We wouldn't be a big city anymore, we wouldn't be a city. It would definitely impact honolulu and our visitors," supporter Donna Walden said.

"It's gonna kill us if we don't keep it going it's very very vital," supporter Susan Spangler said

It's that enthusiasm and community action that saved the symphony after a Lion King performance took a toll on ticket sales and the symphony's ability to pay employees.

"It's a little short of a miracle but not by much. we've had a very unusual year being out of the Blaisdell for three months," Honolulu Symphony Executive Director Tom Gulick said.

Gulick said starting a capital campaign and the $4,000,000 in state money to the symphony is a start. But that continued success means a theme change.

"We're streamlining operations next year, improving concert series i think we're acting better to what the public wants," Gulick said.

Now playing a new tune, through supporters like Walden it's the symphony that hopes to toast encores into a blooming future.

Supporters say the symphony's recent struggle may have actually been a good thing. They say it was a wake up call to citizens of the symphony's impact and the importance in the community.