by Steven Hale
Another sour note coming from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
The Nashville Symphony laid off its entire catering and dining staff this morning, aiming to cut costs “not directly related to our core mission."
“After August 4, the Nashville Symphony will continue to rent the building for events, but will use a system of pre-approved, 'preferred' caterers,” chairman Ed Goodrich and CEO Alan Valentine said in a statement. “We are in negotiation with those caterers now and expect to publish the list shortly. We look forward to continuing to work with our many rental clients and want to assure them the Schermerhorn remains one of Nashville’s first-class destinations for special events. We will also, of course, continue to provide concessions and bar service for all concerts and events.”
If the symphony cannot reach some kind of agreement with Bank of America regarding its outstanding debt, the Schermerhorn will be auctioned off on June 28.