Palma.—The Balearic Symphony Orchestra held another free midday concert in the Plaza Mayor in Palma yesterday as its 70-plus members continue their fight for survival.

Faced with harsh cuts in funding from the Balearic government, Palma City Council and the Council of Majorca which could total some 80 percent of its subsidies if none of the local authorities back down, the 25-year-old orchestra is confronting ruin.

Already bankrupt and having had to scale down its programme, the winter programme was quite simply canceled, the orchestra is staging weekly protest performances to increase public awareness of their plight and gather support.

The free concerts are working as thousands of people are turning out week after week to show their backing but the local authorities have yet to budge on their cuts.

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