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Musicians’ Endowment Fund Exceeds $25 Million Goal!
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra · Thursday, October 27, 2016
Thanks to a very generous pledge of $2.5 million from The Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has exceeded its $25 Million Musicians’ Endowment Campaign goal, nearly two years ahead of schedule.
The Musicians’ Endowment Fund was created to restore 11 positions to the Orchestra by 2018. To date, more than $25 Million in funds have been committed and nine musicians have joined the Orchestra over the past year, six as a result of the Endowment. The Orchestra plans to fill the remaining positions early in the 2017-18 season.
This achievement would not be possible without the support from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family and the Atlanta community. In addition to The Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize The Robert Woodruff Foundation, the Estate of Betty Gage Holland, Connie and Merrell Calhoun, Sally and Carl Gable, the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, The Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation, Solon and Marianna Patterson, Lucy R. & Gary Lee, Jr., UPS, Wells Fargo, along with two anonymous donors in recognition of Betty Fuller and Terry Neal. These donors join The Delta Air Lines Foundation in contributions of one million dollars or more, which will help ensure the future of this institution for generations to come.
“This is a major accomplishment for the ASO—a critical and foundational step. We have much more work to do toward re-establishing the stability and vibrancy of our Orchestra, but what a great moment to celebrate what has so quickly been accomplished. And to thank the many parties who have been so generous—not only with their money, but also time, passion and commitment. Here’s to a bright future!”
Robert Spano, Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 @myajc.com
By Doug Hertz
But the arts deserve support and attention as well.
The Woodruff Arts Center has grown into the third-largest arts center in the U.S. and it continues to produce great art at the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. But opportunities are limited and challenges are very real because the arts are almost entirely dependent on private support.
Today, the state of Georgia ranks 50th – dead last — among all states in support for the arts. Just a small infusion of taxpayer money would make a huge difference in assuring that the arts can continue to thrive, not only at the Woodruff Arts Center but across the entire arts community.
Every great city touts its quality of life in order to attract new investment. International investors and visitors, in particular, place a very high premium on the arts in their assessment of quality of life. Like transportation, green space and health care/research, the city and state need to invest in the arts to assure that Atlanta’s quality of life continues to measure up.
A native Atlantan, Doug Hertz is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center. He is also president and CEO of United Distributors Inc.
Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in stirring readings, and the emotion and power of the performances makes a compelling case for the album, surely for any who find themselves brooding over the subject of war.
AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
Many thanks to Sally and Carl Gable for their generous gift and for their belief in a world-class ASO! Let's hope this generous gift inspires more giving from the Arts lovers and patrons of Atlanta.
This is great news to begin 2015!
The gift from longtime ASO patrons Sally and Carl Gable is an incipient one in the ASO’s drive to add 11 endowed full-time positions by the end of the 2017-18 season.
“We’re just committed to a vibrant, thriving future for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” Sally Gable said on Thursday. “We’ve been going to concerts for 50 years, since we arrived in Atlanta in 1964, and we love the symphony and know and love (a number of) the members. I can’t imagine living without the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.”
“I think everybody now is just pulling forward and looking forward to the future,” said Gable, who said she’d like to see the ensemble grow to 95 and return to touring internationally.