But last week's announcement came as no big surprise to the symphony's top administrator.
"It probably was very optimistic to think it would be designed and built by 2016," said
"We were looking at
Symphony concerts will be a staple at the 3,000-seat
The Tanger Center will replace aging
But the Tanger Center's construction schedule was pushed back so that the
The foundation has raised more than
Two of War Memorial's local customers -- the symphony and
The Bryan Series, which features talks by well-known people in the arts, humanities and public affairs, will move to a 3,100-seat theater-style configuration in the coliseum arena.
The symphony will hold its classical and pops concerts at the coliseum,
Now, the symphony will do the same for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
"We will talk to the different venues, find out what's available and work from there," said Crawford, who doesn't expect the venue changes to hurt season ticket sales.
Bryan Series organizers initially worried about moving to the coliseum arena, said
"But it's been very positive," Buckner said.
The larger venue offers more seats -- about 3,100 instead of about 2,400 in War Memorial. So far, the Bryan Series has sold more than 2,400 season tickets, said
Despite the delays, the symphony and Bryan Series organizers look forward to holding events in the new Tanger Center.
The symphony has long pushed for a better venue than War Memorial. Crawford said she hopes the symphony will perform a special concert for Tanger's opening.
"It's going to change the face of the symphony," she said. "It will raise the bar of what we do and what people think of us and, hopefully, will take us to the next level."
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