NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Times are tough for the Westchester Philharmonic and due to the struggling economy, it has been forced to dissolve the remainder of famed conductor Itzhak Perlman’s contract as Artistic Director.

“This decision was considered for several months in advance,” said Josh Worby, Executive Director of the Westchester Philharmonic.

WCBS 880 Reporter Catherine Cioffi spoke with Worby.

Worby told Cioffi they loved having Pearlman as part of their organization.

“It is an unfortunate outcome of what’s happening throughout the entire country and our economy,” said Worby.

The Philharmonic may be ending its business agreement, but its relationship will continue with Perlman.

Perlman was hired by the Westchester Philharmonic in 2007.

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