Merged Sacramento Philharmonic/Opera organization receives $500K gift

Posted on: January 29, 2014

“The Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance received a $500,000 donation from the Joyce and Jim Teel Family Foundation, which comes at a crucial time for the combined Sacramento Opera and Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra,” writes Mark Anderson in Monday’s (1/27) Sacramento Business Journal (California). “The gift will be divided equally between the Sacramento Opera and Sacramento Philharmonic, which merged in July into the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance. This gift comes at a crucial time for the arts group because the Sacramento Opera is now needing to spend money for its staging [on February 28 and March 2] of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore.’… ‘This was totally serendipitous in the timing, but it did come at a time when we needed it the most,’ said Robert Tannenbaum, general director of both the Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic. The donation … is ‘enough to allow us to have some seed money for next year,’ Tannenbaum said.… The Teel donation will allow the company, which is also known as Two in Tune, to start next year with some money in the bank. The $500,000 gift from the foundation was made in the memory of E. Claire Raley, reflecting her lifelong support of the arts in Sacramento.”

Posted January 29, 2014