Following a recent announcement that the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is to be sold at auction due to a recent foreclosure, a spokesman for the group has confirmed that The Muppets are currently planning a “big show” intended to somehow save the financially-troubled performance venue.
“We can’t just let the bank take it away from everyone,” explained Kermit the Frog, the acknowledged leader and representative of The Muppets, during a phone interview. “Beautiful music is something that people need to be happy and, well,… I think that’s worth fighting for. The symphony center is more than just a building; it’s hopes and dreams and a way to find yourself. Just because a bank says that we can’t have it anymore doesn’t make it so, and that’s why we’re gonna put on a show and save it! Yaaaaayyyyyyy!”
Bank of America announced on June 6th that the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is to be sold at auction on June 28th, following a recent foreclosure; the Nashville Symphony currently owes $82.3million on the building, part of an overall $102m construction debt. Though talks are ongoing between the Symphony, Bank of America, and other involved banking groups, all sides have begun recently to hedge their bets. The scheduling of a public auction on the Davidson County Courthouse steps is a routine part of the foreclosure process, while the Symphony has publicly declared that they are “preparing appropriate measures to help ensure that the symphony continues to operate normally and pursue its important cultural and educational mission.” Many expect the Symphony to file for bankruptcy protection before June 28th, though paperwork has not yet been filed to do so.
With the iconic Nashville institution facing these difficulties, The Muppets seem an obvious choice to help out. Not only are the Frog/Pig/Bear/Weirdo-fronted performance troupe a beloved icon of entertainment and education, but they also achieved success with saving their own similarly-troubled Muppet Theatre from foreclosure two years ago, as seen in their most recent feature film (aptly titled “The Muppets”).
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center also has a direct, personal connection to the Muppets; the building is named after the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, a second-cousin to long-time Muppet and cooking personality, The Swedish Chef. When asked how he feels about working to save his cousin’s namesake, Swedish Chef eloquently noted “Hërsh di berge, uff Kennis nim ønna bildung. Biske dîn siff ùt frim de benk, Moopi gøønuh do ooh wi kërn. Bork bork bork!”
Muppets pictures found at http://www.impulsegamer.com/moviethemuppets.html and http://geek-news.mtv.com/2011/11/23/10-fun-muppet-facts-you-probably-dont-know/. Symphony center photo found at http://www.therestisnoise.com/2007/05/. Swedish chef photo found at http://themuppetmindset.blogspot.com/2012/01/muppetology-101-recasting-of-muppet.html. Kenneth Schermerhorn photo found at http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/19/arts/music/19schermerhorn.html?_r=0.