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LI Philharmonic scales back concert schedule

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  Facing a serious cash crunch, the Long Island Philharmonic said yesterday that it has decided not to play a 2010-11 season - except for its annual New Year's Eve concert at Tilles Center.

"We're in the midst of reorganizing," said Philharmonic board president Jack Russell, a process he estimates will take six months. "For now, the only concerts we'll be doing are those that are sponsored or that we have reason to believe will be profitable. We've taken the prudent step of cutting back."

The decision is the latest blow to the Philharmonic. Last season's opening concert was delayed. Following three free outdoor performances, the Philharmonic announced this summer that it would delay the opening of the 2010-11 season until New Year's Eve. That concert, "Greatest Hits of Broadway," is still on, general manager Linda Morrisey said.

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