- Associated Press - Monday, December 13, 2010

HONOLULU (AP) - A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has approved a request by the Honolulu Symphony to liquidate, bringing an end to the nation’s oldest symphony west of the Rocky Mountains.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Faris agreed Monday to convert the Honolulu Symphony Society’s bankruptcy case from Chapter 11, which allows for reorganization, to Chapter 7, which calls for liquidation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Faris said the latest development was “sad, but not surprising.”

Faris says he can’t see any benefit in keeping the symphony in Chapter 11. He says doing so would generate additional expenses.

The 110-year-old symphony canceled its concerts and filed for bankruptcy late last year, citing a large drop in donations.