Philadelphia Orchestra musicians contribute $74K toward orchestra’s fundraising

Posted on: August 21, 2017

“After a dissonant start in the fall, musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are ending the season in unison, contributing a total of $74,000 to the organization that employs them,” writes Peter Dobrin in Saturday’s (8/10) Philadelphia Inquirer. “The donation represents 100 percent participation by the orchestra’s 96 members…. Longtime violinist Barbara Govatos noted that ‘certainly many members of the orchestra have donated individually over the years, but this is the first time in my memory that the entire orchestra has come together to make a financial contribution.’… The orchestra sent out an appeal June 30 stating that it was $3.8 million shy of its fund-raising goal and would seek to close the gap in the weeks before the end of the fiscal year on Aug 31…. [Orchestra President Allison] Vulgamore and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin have made donations to this year’s annual fund of $75,000 and $100,000, respectively…. Orchestra board member Robert Rechnitz and wife Joan made a $500,000 challenge grant to be matched in new, increased, or additional gifts from the orchestra’s board or emeritus directors, musicians, and staff by Aug. 31. The Neubauer Family Foundation issued a challenge grant contingent upon the match of new, increased, or additional gifts from any donor, also by Aug. 31.”

Posted August 21, 2017