The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, which has performed free concerts since 1945, has announced that it suspended the 2012-13 concert season to allow for additional funds to be raised.

The orchestra performs at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and its concerts have attracted over 6,000 people annually, a symphony spokesperson said.

The Santa Monica Symphony Association has determined that to ensure the orchestra’s survival, it must recapitalize and have time to raise additional funds with the goal of returning for the 2013-14 concert season.

The 2013-14 season will also change venues to Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School due to the indefinite closure of the Civic Auditorium as of June 2013 as a result of the removal of state redevelopment agencies.

The Santa Monica Symphony Association will also lose its longtime conductor and music director, Allen Robert Gross, who will not be continuing with the organization

The association expressed appreciation for Gross’ tenure and his contributions to the growth and achievements of the orchestra as well as to the Westside community, the symphony spokesperson said.

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