It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Santa Monica Symphony's 2002/2003 season. This, our 58th season, is representative of our mission as an organization: to offer high quality orchestra concerts that are free and open to everyone. This year, as always, Music Director and Conductor Allen Robert Gross has programmed something for everyone, including some favorite classic works as well as some under-appreciated masterpieces, outstanding contemporary music, and a host of exceptional soloists.
Such quality does come at a price. Each concert, though free to our loyal and valued audience, costs over $30,000 to produce. We are still committed to keeping our concerts free, but we have to make up those costs somehow.
That's where you come in. You may have noticed several tables in the lobby as you came in tonight and I'd like to direct your attention to those tables. At one table, you may buy merchandise that directly benefits the Santa Monica Symphony. Purchase a mug or buy a t-shirt and you help the Orchestra.
Another table in the lobby is dedicated to an important new service organization of the Santa Monica Symphony, the "Friends of the Santa Monica Symphony". Founded last year under the guidance of new board member Mahnaz Newman, this group was created in order to help the Santa Monica Symphony stay financially healthy for years to come. We invite you to consider becoming a member of the "Friends." Membership entitles you to special benefits and events, too. You may meet Mahnaz and other board members at intermission or after the concert and talk to them about joining this exciting new group.
We invite you to sit back and enjoy the concerts this year, but please also find a way to be involved so that we may continue to offer you these quality concerts year after year.
Thank you, and enjoy the season's concerts.
David Bendett, President
Santa Monica Symphony
Please print the following and mail this response form to: Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra
Post Office Box 3101
Santa Monica, California 90408-3101
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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