By ERICA SHARP
Each year for the past 40 years, Pacific Symphony has brought season after season of outstanding concerts and enriching educational programs to roughly 50,000 aspiring musicians, classical aficionados and curious music lovers.
As we prepare for the season of Thanksgiving and end-of-year giving, the Symphony acknowledges all the generous individuals who have donated to the Symphony and the impact they have created through their time, talent and resources.
Donations are truly what make Pacific Symphony.
In fact, donations provide the essential funding for the Symphony’s acclaimed education programs such as Arts-x-press, a five-day summer program that immerses students in the arts; Heartstrings, a community-wide program that brings music to those affected by challenging circumstances; OC Can You Play With Us, a program that allows amateur adult musicians to play alongside Pacific Symphony musicians; and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, comprised of three ensembles that provides pre-professional experiences to youth musicians.
And additionally donations help community performances, such as Symphony in the Cities, an annual summer concert series that brings free music to surrounding communities, and Family Musical Mornings, a five-concert series that provides an entertaining approach of orchestra fundamentals for the entire family, through continued support.
This year, through Dec. 31, the Symphony’s Board Chair, Joann Leatherby, her husband, Greg Bates, and other longtime donors will match all donations to continue these education programs and to share the gift of music for all to enjoy, years to come.