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As of May 20, Colorado has seen 23,191 COVID-19 cases. The state reports COVID-19 deaths in two ways: the number of people who died with COVID-19 (although COVID-19 may not have been the cause of death listed on the death certificate), and the number of people whose deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on a death […]

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The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is a complex business. It’s highly labor-intensive, requiring as many as 100 musicians to present a grand 19th-century symphony. Its product is transient, literally disappearing into thin air at the moment of performance. It must rent specialized venues and fight for listeners and supporters who have hundreds of other weekend entertainment […]

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Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is entering his 10th year at the nonprofit organization. Since being named CEO in 2008, Newbrough has pulled the philharmonic out of financial turmoil and significantly increased attendance, ticket sales and subscribers. “There was the perception that the orchestra was just about one step from […]

A group of business leaders are spreading the word that the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is good for business. A Colorado Springs Philharmonic business advisory committee headed by dpiX CEO Frank Caris is telling small and large businesses that a vibrant arts community could be the ticket to attracting new businesses and employees. This week, the Philharmonic launched its […]

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Symphony orchestra management is a strange career choice, but I’m pretty sure it’s the best job in the world. And a darn good challenge. Imagine an enterprise built on a century-old business model with four distinct constituencies, high fixed costs, a highly skilled and unionized workforce, strictly held traditions, and a mission to perform music […]