President’s Message

Ron Reisner, President, WHSO

Dear symphony supporter,

Thirteen original colonies and Stars and Stripes. Thirteen, the age in Judaism when you become an adult.

Thirteen notes in a complete chromatic musical octave. Thirteen – a baker’s dozen.

Our 13th Season is, in a way, like the birth of a new nation, a transition of age, a complete generational and musical spectrum. Since the birth of the WHSO, the make-up of our orchestra and repertoire has continued to evolve and mature. This summer’s first open audition since the inception of the orchestra ensured new faces and talent were added to our spectrum of musicians, ranging in age from 7th graders through 80 year old retirees. We are multi-cultural, multi-gendered, and multi-generational. Like a nation, like our community. And like a baker’s dozen, you’re going to feel like you got a little extra for your money.

The WHSO strives to involve and be involved in the community. In addition to our season’s subscription series, the WHSO is proud to continue our annual and extremely successful Children’s Concert for all West Hartford’s public school third graders, as well as students from Solomon Schechter and the Montessori School of Greater Hartford. This summer we also introduced the WHSO Summer Study Scholarship, a program to assist selected musician volunteers to afford lessons during our off-season.

In order to continue to offer these programs, the WHSO needs your help. While the WHSO musicians and Board of Directors donate their time, there are unfortunately many other costs incurred to hold our concerts. Concert hall rentals, music rentals, publicity costs and numerous other operating expenses quickly add up, and while ticket revenue defrays a portion of these costs, the majority of our operating budget comes from individual donations and program ads. I respectfully ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the WHSO. Any contribution, large or small, is much appreciated and can be made online through this secure link, via standard mail using this printable form, or at any of our concerts.

With the continued generosity, volunteer support and concert attendance of music lovers like you, the WHSO can continue to bring live orchestral concerts and outreach programs to our community.

Thanks for your support.

Ron Reisner

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra