September 9, 2000
Dear Friend of the Santa Monica Symphony:
While we write you every year with excitement about the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra's new season, there are several reasons this year to celebrate.
This season marks Allen Gross' 10th anniversary as our Music Director. In honor of this special occasion, we will complete our cycle of Beethoven symphonies with a performance of the Fourth Symphony in October, and will add Berlioz's thrilling Symphonie Fantastique to our repertoire in March. We have established a Conductor's Anniversary Fund so that you may join us in celebrating Dr. Gross' tenure through your financial support this season. Your donation to this restricted fund will support the expanded artistic requirements of our March 2000 concert.
On December 2, 2000 we will present a Musical Circus for the children of our community. Dozens of volunteers and musicians will join together at Santa Monica's Miles Playhouse to offer musical performances and a supervised opportunity for children to play the instrument of their choice. It will literally be a three-ring event full of musical exploration and fun for kids.
You would never know our concerts are admission-free by the favorable reviews we received last season in the Los Angeles Times, and we continue to maintain this commitment for our community. You may find it interesting to know that most orchestras depend on paid admission to support 40% of their operating budgets. Without this revenue stream, the Santa Monica Symphony must make up the short- I fall with enhanced grant activity and corporate sponsorship. While we have made progress with such development efforts, we still depend heavily on your continued financial support to present our quality programming.
We hope you will consider a generous donation in support of this year's Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra season, as we anticipate a year of exciting concerts and celebration.
Board of Directors
The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra appreciates your support of its activities. Your tax deductible gift is essential if the Symphony is to continue to offer outstanding performances and to increase its service to the community.
Note: The composers used for our new donor categories are the result of a survey of the favorite composers of our Symphony musicians.
Beethoven - from $10,000
Brahms - from $5,000
Mahler - from $2,500
Shostakovich - from $1,000
Dvorak - from $500
Tchaikovsky - from $250
Stravinsky - from $100
Mozart - from $50
Other - ____________
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