The Gift of Music 2022
Help enrich Sonoma County through the beauty and power of orchestral music.
THE BOTTOM LINE
These are difficult times, and we rely more than ever on the generosity of our donors to keep the doors open, the lights on, the orchestra playing and our musical family together. Our year-end goal: $20K. Can we count you in? Your contribution in any amount will be music in someone’s ears. And the gift of music lasts a lifetime.
A GRATEFUL ORCHESTRA
The holidays are traditionally a time of gratitude. And we are so very grateful to you, our supporters, for allowing us to bring the joy of live orchestral music to thousands in our community over the course of two decades. Now in our 23rd season, we continue to offer concerts with ticket prices ranging from $15 to FREE: free to service organizations, free to students, and free to anyone who simply can’t afford to pay. With your ongoing support, we will never turn anyone away.
Behind the scenes, we really need your help! Like many arts organizations, we are suffering from an institutional form of "long COVID." Before the pandemic, revenue from our ticket sales accounted for less than 30% of our actual expenses. COVID-19 has made that equation much worse. We were forced to cancel many of our scheduled performances over the last two seasons, and audiences have been slow to return to the concert hall. At the same time, our expenses are steadily going up: rental of the concert venue, insurance rates, printing costs, music rental are all more expensive. To make up the shortfall, we are counting on our generous donors. As you know, our volunteer orchestra is entirely supported through private contributions. YOU make the music possible.
OUR MUSICAL FAMILY
We are dedicated to creating a musical family that brings together the people who love to play music and all those who love to listen to it, enriching the cultural fabric of Sonoma County. Over the years, we have expanded our music-making into under-served communities, presenting bilingual children’s concerts in collaboration with Latino organizations and sponsoring small chamber ensembles to perform at senior centers throughout the county. Our outreach is now more critical than ever as we work to rebuild our audiences in a post-pandemic world.
MEMORIES TO CHERISH
Many of you joined us in October and thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Americana’ concerts featuring a jazzy flugelhorn concerto and a rarely performed symphonic masterpiece by the Afro-American composer William Grant Still. Our November concerts showcased a young artist from the SF Conservatory of Music and the first winner of our Brian Lloyd Piano Competition, Connor Roham, in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 – along with two encores! Our spring concerts promise to be equally exciting. We hope to see you there!
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT!
~ The volunteer members of the Philharmonic
If you would prefer to donate by check, mail your contribution to: Sonoma County Philharmonic, P.O. Box 7438, Cotati, CA 94931, and indicate that it is for the Gift of Music 2022 campaign.
(Sonoma County Philharmonic is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation (tax ID #68-0478456). Please consult your tax advisor for potential deductions and tax benefits.