It’s not all bad news in the orchestral world. Just before the Holiday Season, the Chesapeake Orchestra received a gift from an anonymous donor, who has stepped forward to match all contributions 1:1 up to $100,000.
The orchestra has accomplished 3 goals this year:
- Expanded concert venues within a balanced budget: The CO expanded its concert performances in number and scope, offering over 20 concerts in half a dozen venues for thousands of enthusiastic concert goers, all achieved with a balanced budget;
- Committed ourselves to a strong partnership with our musicians: The Orchestra signed a new agreement with the American Federation of Musicians Union to assure that professional standards of work are respected for each of our committed musicians; and
- Unleashed a talented and energetic board: Debbie Greitzer, executive director and Jeff Silberschlag, artistic director, are indebted to the board for seizing the opportunity to grow the Chesapeake Orchestra and the places in which it performs, including venues throughout the Chesapeake Region, expanding the Orchestra in scope, substance, and mission.
In its 2014 vision, the board has challenged the Orchestra to continue its world class performances with exciting guest artists, while maintaining its special relationship with its audience. In addition to the Chesapeake Orchestra’s performances of great repertoire that has already stood the test of time, the Orchestra Board Is committed to its long-standing tradition of commissioning new works by living composers that musically present historical events in Chesapeake history.
Im looking forward to see what exciting things we have planned for the coming season. After becoming our oun 501(C)3 and operating in the black since then, plus partnering with an international music festival, not much stands in the way of holding the C.O. back. It seams after every downfall there is something bigger around the corner. I wouldn’t be surprised that this orchestra would stay around for another 15 years, and then some.