The futures of Symphony Hall and City Stage in Springfield are now unknown after the corporation that manages them announced today that they would not be renewing their contract with the city. As of right now, shows at both venues are only scheduled through December. After that the year, the future of the downtown arts and entertainment scene is uncertain.
After twenty years managing City Stage and Symphony Hall in Springfield, Performing Arts Development Corporation will not renew their contract with the city.
The non-profit group manages both Symphony Hall and City Stage and the entertainment that goes with them.
"There was just a lot of uncertainty around the parameters of any new management agreements coupled with a changing entertainment landscape in downtown Springfield. As well as some capital improvements that are needed in the building. We made a difficult decision to cease operations at the end of this year," said Tina D'Agostino President of Springfield Performing Arts and Development Corporation. The Basketball Hall of Fame used Symphony Hall as the site of their induction ceremony last week, but there's no word yet on who will host next year's events. D’Agostino told Western Mass News it’s the end of an era. "The company was created in 1998 to bring people downtown to bring awareness of the arts and bring economic development to downtown Springfield. We are really proud that we have hosted tens of thousands of people to a wide variety of performances," D'Agostino added.
SPDAC will dissolve after this move and the city will have to find new management. "We know that a lot of our customers are going to be sad about this as well, but we are so appreciative of the community support," D'Agostino noted. She said the city will have to put it out for a bid, and come December 31, the doors will close until someone else opens them.
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