California’s Fremont Symphony celebrates 50 by erasing debt

Posted on: August 22, 2013

“When the Fremont Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 50th anniversary season this fall, it will not only honor its long tradition of providing culture and the arts to the Tri-City area, but also celebrate something even more important: its survival,” writes Chris De Benedetti in Wednesday’s (8/21) San Jose Mercury News (California). The orchestra’s slate of ‘golden season’ performances will come little more than a year after dwindling finances imperiled its future, a problem that afflicted many performing arts organizations after 2008…. A host of fundraisers and donations within the past 12 months erased the orchestra’s debt—which had totaled about $45,000—and garnered the necessary funds for it to continue, said Lee Foster, the orchestra’s executive director. In addition, the Fremont Bank Foundation, the bank’s nonprofit charity arm, donated $15,000 to sponsor this season, Foster said. ‘It took a year to get our house in order, but now we’re launching a new season,’ she said. ‘We are truly lucky to have a professional orchestra of this caliber in our community…. The repertoire we’re creating is an eclectic mix of classical and modern music.’ ” The orchestra is set to perform the first of four 2013-14 concerts on October 19 at Ohlone College’s Smith Center.

Posted August 22, 2013


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