President’s Message

Ron Reisner, President, WHSO

Dear Symphony Supporter,

Our 12th Season promises to be ambitious, both from a performer and an audience perspective. Our sound has never been better and the musicians are enthusiastic about expanding our repertoire to give you, our supporters, more musically challenging compositions. We also will continue to be featuring composers and soloists from around our community.

The WHSO strives to involve and be involved in the community. This season we plan to provide more of a multi-cultural approach to reflect the history and current diversity of our West Hartford community. Other West Hartford non-profit arts organizations, civil and business leaders, and general volunteers will be working both behind the scenes and at our concerts, interacting to give our performance series and our audience a true sense of how classical music, local arts organizations and a community can create inspiring and enjoyable experiences.

In addition to our season’s subscription series, the WHSO will also be expanding this theme and providing it to two other audiences. First and foremost, we are very proud to be continuing our annual and extremely successful Children’s Concert for all of West Hartford’s third graders in public schools, as well as Solomon Schechter and Montessori Schools . West Hartford Community Television will be recording and programming this event in April. The excitement of the 800 plus students, many of whom have the chance to sit amongst the orchestra, is contagious! In addition, our encore presentation of our Spring Classical Concert, “Ellis Island New World Concert,” will be presented as part of the Greater Middletown Concert Association’s 2013-2014 Classical Concert and Opera Series.

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 initiated through our Web site, via standard mail or at a WHSO concert. If your employer has a matching gift program, please include the matching gift form when donating, or use your employer’s matching gift Web site.

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

I look forward to seeing you in the audience once again in our twelfth season!

Sincerely yours,

Ron Reisner

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra

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