The Alton Symphony Orchestra is feeling the pinch of the down economy, and is asking for the public's help. As recently as Monday night, the orchestra was looking at the possibility of having to suspend operations immediately, but the musicians and board members pitched in to raise enough money to continue at least through the next concert.

With 4 regular season concerts, a pops concert and a children's concert, the symphony offers performances to entertain and educate a wide range of the community. But it does take money to make it go, and that's it where ASO Board President Jerre Honke hopes the public can step in.

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Based on current projections, the symphony would be in the red by season's end, which is not allowed per the organization's bi-laws. You can donate by calling 463-6933, or mailing a donation to the symphony at P.O. Box 1205, Alton, IL 62002.


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