President’s Message

Ron Reisner, President, WHSO

This season will be called Triumphant 15.

The ‘15’ represents an anniversary, as this season marks fifteen years for the WHSO. It is a huge triumph for any community organization to last this long, especially a volunteer orchestra., so happy anniversary to us! Each concert has been planned well in advance and is, quite frankly, triumphant! We have two nationally-recognized artists this season along with a 90 voice choir.

Today, we live in a society in which we fear that art is being lost among the younger generation. If this is true, it is not evident in West Hartford as our symphony continues to see an influx of younger musicians. I believe we have lasted 15 years because of our musicians’ continued support as well as you, our beloved patrons, for buying tickets and generously supporting our ever-increasing operating expense. It’s good to know the arts are alive and surviving in West Hartford.

Over the last few years, our orchestra has pushed its boundaries by performing larger-scale orchestral works, bringing in talented soloists and premiering new music. We have also developed a scholarship for up to three of our volunteer musicians to take private lessons during our off-season. We have been fortunate to have a very active Board of Directors, steadfast volunteers, support from our community’s leaders, advertisers, and of course our patrons.

In order for us to remain active another 15 years, I plead for your continued support in any way. We always have opportunities you can help us with.

• Spread the word about our events.
• Become a volunteer
• Ask a local business owner if they would like to buy an ad in the program you’re reading.

For those who are able, we continue to seek donations at our scholarship booth. In return, we can offer a small souvenir as a token of our appreciation. We also are always thankful for any financial assistance provided in the form of donation, grant or advertisement. This is what covers all of our operating costs and goes a long way in keeping the WHSO one of the top rated community orchestras in the country.
There are big things in store this season and we are already planning next season as well. I am so energized and excited, not just as a musician, but as a lover of classical music. More than ever, we look forward to fifteen more years, but cannot succeed without you.

Triumphantly yours,

Ron Reisner

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra