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ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY REPORTS INCREASED ATTENDANCE AND TICKET REVENUE IN 2015-2016 SEASON

(ST. LOUIS – July 27, 2016) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony announced significant increases in both attendance and ticket revenue during its 2015-2016 season. Live at Powell Hall concerts – which feature non-classical presentations, movies, musical tributes and events, reached record attendance and ticket sales. In addition, single ticket sales for Classical concerts increased by almost 7% from the 2014-2015 season.

Total Ticket Sales Rise
Ticket sales for all concerts rose to $6.87 million, compared to $6.62 million in the previous season, an increase of 3.8%. Although there were three fewer concerts in FY16, attendance figures rose to 190,817, an increase of more than 1% from FY15. This attendance increase is especially notable with the cancellation of two education concerts—the popular concert series for local schoolchildren—due to inclement weather.

Classical Concert Revenue Repeats Growth
Classical concert revenue grew for the second year in a row, with sales totaling $3.88 million, an increase of 2.9%. A total of 95,159 tickets were sold, up from 93,314 last season. A significant part of this growth is attributed to the rise in single-ticket purchases for classical concerts, an increase of 6.9% from last season.

Live at Powell Hall Concerts Achieve Sales Record
Live at Powell Hall attendance and revenue achieved its highest numbers since these concerts began in 2010. Attendance figures also rose by 9.5% with 47,577 tickets sold, up from 43,444 last season. Revenues totaled $2.09 million, an increase of more than 15% from last season.

St. Louis Symphony President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard said, “I am heartened by these figures because they show distinctly that more people are coming to the St Louis Symphony to hear this fantastic orchestra perform a wide variety of music, as well as to enjoy the amenities we provide our patrons. These positive numbers reflect on the talents and hard work of our team and of course on our extraordinary musicians, orchestra and choruses.”