Monday 23 April 2018

Symphony links up with pot industry

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will play a series of concerts sponsored by the US state's marijuana industry
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will play a series of concerts sponsored by the US state's marijuana industry

Saying it's bring your own weed, a US symphony orchestra will play a series of fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra CEO Jerome Kern says the concerts are part of efforts to reach a broader audience. The state's only full-time professional orchestra, like others, has struggled with dwindling audiences and budget problems.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own marijuana to smoke or eat. Smoking will be allowed at the private venues where the first two 21-and-up concerts will be held.

Organisers say they will follow the rules at the final show at the publicly-owned Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where smoking is officially banned.

Symphony volunteer guild member Judith Inman says she knows the symphony is facing challenges but is sceptical of the marijuana mash-up.

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