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Hutch Orchestra Struggles To Keep Playing

The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra is struggling to make sure the show goes on.

Officials with the 49-year-old orchestra says budget cuts and a drop in donations have the group struggling from concert to concert.

Reductions in state arts funding cost the orchestra aid and federal matching dollars. Those two sources previously made up 21 percent of the orchestra's annual budget.

The city of Hutchinson also reduced its support from $9,600 in 2012 to $8,600 this year. It has not determined how much it will give the orchestra next year.

Symphony President Keith Temaat says their conductor is paid a salary for the concerts, plus mileage. The approximately 50 musicians receive a stipend and those from out of town are paid for mileage.

Temaat says symphony supporters could do more than send money--the best thing would be for them to attend concerts.

The orchestra's season begins next month.