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09/16/03

Picnic in the Park, Without the Symphony

Carl Polk and John Warren are among several local musicians struggling to find work since the Savannah Symphony went bankrupt. "It's been tough, it's been a scramble to work, it's mainly out of town with other orchestras," said Polk.

Now they're looking forward to participating on one of Savannah's most popular events, Picnic in the Park, even though they won't be playing as members of the symphony. The Savannah Symphony has always hosted the annual event at Forsyth Park as a means to get people together in the downtown area. They've done this for more than 20 years and this is the first year they will not be hosting the event.

Since filing Chapter 7 last March, many symphony members have gone their separate ways. Now they'll get the chance to be together.

"We keep in touch pretty well with everybody," said Warren, "but there's a few people we haven't seen in a while, so I think it will be pretty emotional having everybody together again.

Once reunited, many are hoping they'll no longer have to wait for events like these to be together.

"We really have a high caliber of artists living in our community," said Ilene Baker, Savannah's cultural affairs director. "I would like to see the public get behind this event and support some sort of orchestra for this community."

Picnic in the Park will be held in Forsyth Park on October 12.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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