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Bankruptcy fees pass $3 million mark for Philadelphia Orchestra

July brought $500,000 in new legal bills for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Five of the six major law firms and other consultants to the Association's chapter 11 case submitted invoices for court approval for the period covering July 1-31, bringing the total to just over $3 million.

Bankruptcy fees pass $3 million mark for Philadelphia Orchestra

July brought $500,000 in new legal bills for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Five of the six major law firms and other consultants to the Association's chapter 11 case submitted invoices for court approval for the period covering July 1-31, bringing the total to just over $3 million.

In its strategic plan, the Association estimated that the entire case would cost $2.9 million in professional fees. (In addition, the plan called for $3 million to allow for settlement with creditors, and $2.5 million to cover any declines in ticket sales and donations during bankruptcy.)

That sum reflects only part of the expense brought by the case so far. In addition, the Kimmel Center, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the American Federation of Musician and others are incurring legal and other professional fees in the four-month-old case.

A spokesman retained by the Association for the bankruptcy said a revised projection for costs would be issued in early fall.

“All initial projections were based on an estimate of reasonable progress in the case," said Matt Broscious. "Any number of factors can impact those costs as the process moves forward and we are hopeful that the coming weeks may bring some resolution.”

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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