Celebrate Community Support Month with a Gift to Pacific Symphony

November is Pacific Symphony’s annual Community Support Month–a celebration of gratitude for everyone who supports and enables our commitments to the greater Orange County area. In a month known for celebrating the gift of “thanks,” Pacific Symphony thanks you for your participation that affords us unique opportunities to support a lengthy list of community partners.

Donald Pierce plays a violin as Rachel Schlesinger from the Pacific Symphony and Karen Skipper, music therapist, look on.

Each season, Pacific Symphony provides exceptional musical experiences onstage in our magnificent Segerstrom Concert Hall. We also work hard to nurture our Southern California communities in a wide variety of ways. Free performances, including our Symphony in the Cities concerts and our Symphony on the Go! mobile stage, inspire music lovers across the region.

Initiatives like Heartstrings: Santa Ana Strings and each of our Heartstrings partnerships impact thousands in greater Orange County. Our wide-ranging music education programs and youth ensembles foster lifelong learning in students and young musicians each year.

From Orange County schools, to senior centers, to numerous other community institutions, your support enables Pacific Symphony to engage and serve those serving the greater community. Your support and passion propel us towards great heights in musical artistry and community engagement. You are the reason that Pacific Symphony is more than an orchestra.

Just recently, Pacific Symphony was named Nonprofit of the Year for senatorial district 37 due to its commitment to providing free, live music and music education throughout Southern California during the pandemic, and after the re-opening of public events. We are proud of this recognition, but realize it is due to the consistent support of patrons like you.

Please support your Pacific Symphony by donating as generously as you are able. The work we do in your community is as much a part of who we are as the music we perform.

Celebrate Community Support Month by continuing to be the foundation that allows us to engage, empower, and embrace communities through the tremendous power and joy of music.

Community support month concludes on November 29th with the famous Giving Tuesday event. Giving Tuesday is big money in small bites. Your gift combined with other gifts received during this global event adds up to a significant and lasting impact on Pacific Symphony and the communities we serve.

On top of that, there is still time to double your impact! Every gift during Community Support Month and on Giving Tuesday will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000,000 by renowned philanthropist, John Tu. In his words, “Music is everything. Music is love. Music is the soul of your mind.”

Our community programs simply wouldn’t exist without your generous philanthropy. Please consider making a gift today to help sustain these life-changing and enriching community initiatives now and for the future.

Thank you so very much. We’ll see you soon.

Arts Leader Gary Good Retires From Pacific Symphony

Gary Good addressing Symphony donors and colleagues. All photos in this post are by Doug Gifford.

After an illustrious 48-year arts management career with a wide range of orchestras and opera companies, Gary Good will be transitioning from his present work with Pacific Symphony as senior executive for endowment and legacy giving.

With so many achievements in a long and prestigious career, highlights of Gary Good’s work in the performing arts field range from his beginnings with the Boston Symphony to achieving notable “firsts” for a number of orchestras: Under Good’s leadership, Baltimore Symphony toured Europe for the first time and became the first America orchestra to tour East Germany; and the following year the orchestra played the inaugural concert in their new venue, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Gary Good was the longest serving CEO for the Buffalo Philharmonic. He led the orchestra to its first Carnegie Hall appearance and its first international tour with Semyon Bychkov. While at the helm of the Milwaukee Symphony, he led the orchestra on two international tours and built a 400 station syndication radio network, along with production of more than two dozen recordings for Koss Recordings. He also initiated major fundraising efforts for the Omaha Performing Arts Center and the opening of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Florida.

At John Forsyte’s invitation in the fall of 2008, Gary Good came to Pacific Symphony where he worked in a variety of fundraising and project roles over the past 14 years. His many achievements with the orchestra include the following:

  • Endowments for three new principal chairs;
  • Building of the Opera-Vocal Initiative and growth of Opera Focus;
  • Special campaigns, including “Music for Generations,” Carl St.Clair’s 25th and 30th anniversaries, Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary and the expansion of the “Heartstrings” program; and
  • Stewardship of the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor Pacific Symphony project and subsequent national PBS Great Performances broadcast.

Gary Good and his wife Jackie have been generous contributors to Pacific Symphony’s Annual Fund and special events. They will be relocating to Kansas City this summer, where Jackie will be sustaining her longtime financial consulting business, and they will be closer to children and grandchildren. Good will continue his relationship with Pacific Symphony in a consulting role and as an author of guest blog posts. Pacific Symphony expresses its appreciation to Gary Good for his many contributions to Pacific Symphony during his distinguished 14-year tenure with the organization. 

L-R. Photo 1: Gary Good with Music Director Carl St.Clair. Photo 2: Gary with his wife, Jackie. Photo 3: President & CEO John Forsyte presents a gift basket to Gary.