ST. PAUL, Minn. - The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra says it ended the year with a surplus of more than $280,000.
President and managing director Bruce Coppock said during the orchestra's annual meeting Tuesday that the money will be used to partly pay down the orchestra's $800,000 deficit from last year.
After a difficult year that included a six-month lockout of the orchestra's musicians during a contract dispute, Coppock says he is optimistic about the organization's future.
He tells Minnesota Public Radio News that the audiences are back, the donations are coming in and the level of interest in the SPCO is at "an all-time high."
Coppock says every one of the orchestra's concerts this year has exceeded goals, with larger attendance and more revenue than anticipated.
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