Three Sacramento music groups to share $1.1M bequest

Posted on: September 4, 2014

“Three classical music organizations in the Sacramento region will share in a $1.1 million bequest from the late J. David Ramsey, a former U.S. Forest Service worker,” writes Edward Ortiz in Wednesday’s (9/3) Sacramento Bee (California). The three are the Sacramento Philharmonic Foundation ($387,462), Music in the Mountains ($232,477), and the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento ($232,477). “It’s the most significant gift ever earmarked for classical music through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which has been overseeing such gifts since 1983. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation … oversees an endowment for the cash-strapped Sacramento Philharmonic, which … merged with the Sacramento Opera last year to form the Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance…. ‘This gift is very is important to us,’ said David Boje, president of the Sacramento Philharmonic Foundation.… Also included in the bequest is roughly $310,000 that will be endowed in perpetuity to promote classical music in the region. That endowment is meant to provide funds for classical music organizations…. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation expects to solicit proposals from classical music organizations for gifts from the Ramsey fund, with the foundation making the ultimate decision on which organizations are most deserving of funds.”

Posted September 4, 2014