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Tacoma Philharmonic to join forces with Broadway Center

Two South Sound creative powerhouses, the Tacoma Philharmonic and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, will permanently join forces as of April 30, 2012. The new agreement will continue the Philharmonic's 75-year legacy of presenting superb classical music touring artists and educational programs to the region, all under the Broadway Center umbrella.

"The BCPA and Tacoma Philharmonic are both leaders in presenting world-class performances," said Broadway Center Executive Director David Fischer. "This decision will allow both organizations to preserve what matters most - continuing great programs."

"This move will help strengthen classical music programming in Tacoma," Fischer explains. "We've developed a strong plan, and the future is bright. As the economy improves, lower administrative and operating costs will provide the best environment for future growth."

"This partnership represents another exciting chapter in the Philharmonic's evolution," adds Barry Benson, Tacoma Philharmonic's board president. "The Philharmonic has changed in many ways these past 75 years, particularly from a producing organization to a presenting organization. Today, in our presenting role, we share a similar mission with the Broadway Center and so by combining forces, this new relationship will benefit our community in a big way."

Under this new structure, the Broadway Center will:

  • Present 4 annual performances with the best in classical touring artists
  • Host the annual Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Competition including the awarding of scholarship funds
  • Continue classical music services to K-12 students
  • Manage all activities
  • Steward the Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment to exclusively support these programs

"For the past year, the Broadway Center has helped the Tacoma Philharmonic through a management change, and in the process their work so impressed our Board of Trustees that we began exploring making a permanent change. We had a very easy process of negotiating terms, and ultimately, both the Broadway Center and Tacoma Philharmonic Boards voted unanimously in favor of working under one organization. In the next step, some existing members of the Tacoma Philharmonic Board will join the Broadway Center and its committees," Benson said.

On May 18, 2012, the community is invited to attend a "Wedding Ceremony" at the Fircrest Country Club to celebrate the union of the two organizations, to honor the Tacoma Philharmonic's 75 Years, and to prepare for a great future. The party will include dinner, music and a special fundraising drawing, all for $75 per person. Find more information at, or call the box office at (253) 591-5894.