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Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra almost breaks even

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra announced it finished the 2013/2014 season in one of its strongest year-end financial positions in decades.
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra announced it finished the 2013/2014 season in one of its strongest year-end financial positions in decades. Leslie Knight / Global News

SASKATOON – The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) announced Friday it finished the 2013/2014 season in one of its strongest year-end financial positions in decades.

“We were thrilled to have an incredibly small loss on the season,” said SSO board chair Lynn Ewing.

Since January, the SSO has undertaken a process of restructuring and applying new procedures for budgeting, programming and marketing.

“We still have a long way to go but we are on track for next year to truly recover the financial state of the organization,” said Ewing.

The orchestra is also in the process of selecting its next musical director.

At the end of the 2014-15 season, Maestro Victor Sawa will become the first Conductor Emeritus of the orchestra. As Conductor Emeritus, he will remain a presence on stage with the SSO.

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SSO will launch its 84th season on Sept. 27 with an all-Beethoven concert at TCU Place.