To our friends in the Vermont Philharmonic Community,
I am a little slow in getting out this year’s appeal for donations, but that doesn't mean that we don’t need the help. We will have a full season, having started with a fall concert that motivated Jim Lowe to call the Vermont Philharmonic a “miracle.” We were pretty happy with the concert, too, and want to be able to continue to give you great concerts.
We will perform Messiah on December 1st and 3rd, our winter concert on February 17th and 18th, our family concert on March 17th and our spring concert on April 27th and 28th. As usual we will be at the Barre Opera House for the Sunday afternoon concerts, and Elley Long and the Chandler Center for the Arts for Saturday nights.
Please see our website, www.vermontphilharmonic.com/calendar, for the times and programs. We have some exciting works and several great soloists, including our own local treasures, Lisa Jablow and Mary Bonhag, and Billy Hunter, Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
But all these great things cost money. Our musicians work for the love of it, but our professional conductors and soloists need to make a living. Also, we are playing more contemporary music – including one of the newly discovered works by Florence Price. Those works must be rented. Finally, our venue costs are way up. So, please help us provide great classical music to your community. You can donate through the website (it’s easy) or by mail to:
PO Box 425
Montpelier, VT 05601
Our giving categories and associated benefits are shown in the attached. The Philharmonic is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Thank you for considering supporting the Philharmonic.
Michael Read, President