The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recently announced its $250,000 Community Challenge, which will double every donation to the orchestra’s annual fund through 2016.
“A member of our board of directors has generously committed to double the impact of every gift up to a total of $250,000, giving us the opportunity to ring in the New Year with stronger financial footing,” said Ralph Craviso, RPO president and CEO. “Our 2016-17 season has already seen a steadily growing subscriber base, increased ticket sales and programming that affirms our commitment to both community engagement and artistic excellence.”
That optimism was reflected in a letter sent to RPO patrons from Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor.
“Our incredible staff, led by President and CEO Ralph Craviso, and our world-class musicians, led by music director Ward Stare, are all working together to solve the immense difficulties that orchestras across the nation are facing,” Tyzik said. “Over the last 23 years, I have developed great affection for our loyal audiences who have supported and encouraged me to continue to create new and interesting concerts of the highest musical integrity. However, to serve more people in this community through the power of music, we must be financially strong.”
Thousands of donors help support more than 60 percent of the annual costs of concert production, rent for performance venues and education and community engagement programs for the residents of Greater Rochester. True financial strength requires increased annual support for yearly operations and special artistic and community projects. Annual giving is the simplest, most convenient way to make an ongoing impact on the RPO’s musical performances and service to the community.
“With your annual fund commitment, you help the orchestra plan for the future while supporting today’s work,” Tyzik said. “Every dollar matters and you make a difference, to the RPO, to audiences and to this community.”
RPO is in the midst of a holiday season of festive concerts, including “The Nutcracker,” “Music from ‘The Polar Express’ and ‘Frozen,’” Handel’s “Messiah” and “Gala Holiday Pops.”
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