Vail: No cash for London Symphony Orchestra |

Vail: No cash for London Symphony Orchestra

How they voted:

Yes: Daly, Gordon, Rogers.

No: Cleveland, Foley, Hitt, Newbury.

What they talked about: The festival asked for $75,000 to help woo the London Symphony Orchestra for summer residency in Vail in 2010. The money would have been used for travel, administration, marketing, advertising and promotional expenses, the festival said.

Council members said they would be more inclined to offer contributions after the orchestra had been secured.

“I’d love to sponsor a fishing expedition, but, sorry, we don’t have the money for fishing expeditions,” said Councilman Kevin Foley.

But other council members wanted to give the money to the group.

“Bringing the London Symphony Orchestra here would be an absolute coup for us,” said Margaret Rogers, a councilwoman.

The funding request was denied.

Jeanne Reid, director of development for Bravo!, said it would cost $950,000 to $1 million in fees to bring the London Symphony Orchestra to Vail.

Bravo! will host the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra this summer.

What they talked about: The gardens, which operate on town-owned land, asked for up to $50,000 to replace a collapsed bridge and two smaller bridges. The bridges serve as the only access to the gardens for disabled people.

The Town Council asked for the town’s own staff members to go check out the bridges before the council makes a decision.

What’s next? The request will return to the council at an upcoming meeting.

What they talked about: The museum wanted $50,000 to $75,000 to fund the 2008 Tannenbaum Festival.

“The festival’s goal is to draw people into Vail during the early ski season by creating a magical holiday setting with hundreds of decorated Christmas trees,” according to a town memo.

The council did not move to fund the request.

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