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Arts organizations in debt to Norfolk for unpaid rent, fees

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two major arts organizations owe Norfolk for unpaid rent and event fees.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1RURfn4 ) the city says the Virginia Opera owes about $215,000 and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s debt is around $162,000.

The opera rents the Harrison Opera House, and the symphony pays to use the Chrysler Hall on a per-event basis.

John Rhamstine, director of the city’s Cultural Facilities, Arts and Entertainment Department, says Norfolk is close to reaching an agreement with the organizations about repaying the debt.

A city spokeswoman didn’t follow up with the newspaper’s request to interview City Manager Marcus Jones.

Opera president and CEO Russell Allen says he hopes to have the debt paid by the year’s end.

Symphony president and CEO Karen Philion says the organization also intends to repay its debt.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com
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