Is it possible to start a new orchestra when older, established orchestras are struggling, consolidating, or disappearing?
Why not? The Maui Chamber Orchestra had its first season, generously supported by those residents that want to see classical music thrive on the island where once there was an established orchestra.
In Boston, where the incumbents of Boston Pops and Boston Philharmonic dominate, is there room for smaller and younger orchestras?
The Unitas Ensemble is trying to do just that. Their crowd-funding campaign aims to raise enough for their debut concert in early May. Robert Bekkers, who co-founded the Monument House Concert Series in The Netherlands and a mariachi band in South Holland, will appear as a soloist. The ensemble is full of other young entrepreneurs such as the cellist from Colombia who has actively performed in public spaces in Boston so people could hear what it sounds like.