Lawrence Loh

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in Wilkes-Barre, PA, announced that it is cancelling the upcoming season because of financial problems. The 45-year-old orchestra will play one concert in October and then shut down in order to re-evaluate the organization’s financial viability.

The orchestra ended last season with a $235,000 deficit. Officials say, the executive director, the music director and the office staff weren’t paid any salary during the last few months. Musicians declined to take a 30 per cent pay cut.

In the October concert, Music Director Lawrence Loh will conduct his last concert anyway. The Orchestra earlier said, he would resign at the end of the 2017-18 season to become the music director for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

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