The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recently reported that December’s $250,000 Community Challenge ultimately raised $536,000 for its annual fund.
The dollar-for-dollar match was gifted by an anonymous member of the RPO board of directors, and an appeal letter from RPO principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik was mailed to RPO patrons.
“We’ve just completed a blockbuster weekend of special concerts, and prior to that our excellent holiday programming drew almost 20,000 audience members,” said Ralph Craviso, president and CEO. “The success of this challenge means that thousands of community members are also supporting our many non-ticketed events that involve education and engagement programs for the residents of Greater Rochester. Their generosity also means that our orchestra can sustain its excellent artistic reputation beyond our community and continue to introduce renowned international artists and premieres of important new work.”
RPO ticket sales account for 40 percent of its operating expenses, which is consistent with the national model for performing arts institutions across the nation. The balance of revenues raised depends upon the generosity of donors.
“With Tyzik, music director Ward Stare and Craviso at the helm, community support for the RPO has increased and is evident in the success of the challenge,” said Domenic Argentieri, vice president of development. “We are incredibly grateful to this community and look forward to their continued support.”