Sound of Charlotte Blog
The Charlotte Symphony has soared to new heights in the last few years. It's because of our donors that the orchestra has reached a new level of artistic excellence and has operated within a balanced budget for the last two years.
And there's never been a better time to be a Symphony donor in light of this exciting news: Four generous friends of the Symphony have come forward with a $100,000 challenge. For every dollar contributed between now and May 16, they will match gifts received dollar-for-dollar!
The Charlotte Symphony board, musicians and staff would like to thank our current and future donors for their commitment to the Charlotte Symphony.
Click here for more information on the challenge and to keep up to date with our progress! Read more
Only three days remain to have your donation to the Symphony doubled in the Spring Challenge. If you give by Friday, May 9, Wells Fargo will match your contribution dollar-for-dollar. That helps your gift go further in supporting the Symphony programs you love.
Click here or call 704-714-5108 to make your donation today.
As of this morning we are at 83% of our goal. Your gift will help us receive 100% of the match from Wells Fargo!
We sat down with Symphony Executive Director Robert Stickler to discuss the challenge and why your support now is more meaningful than ever.
Five Questions for Robert Stickler
The 2013-14 season closes in this week. What were your highlights?
I thought the orchestra did an extraordinary job with [Holst's] The Planets in our opening concert. The brass was particularly strong. The Verdi Requiem last week was a strong collaboration between the Oratorio Singers, CSO, and soloists all brought together masterfully by Maestro Christopher Warren-Green. We at the CSO are particularly proud that the number of subscribers this season was higher than last year, indicating that we are bringing the community the music they want to hear.
Looking ahead to next season, the CSO is celebrating the anniversaries of Strauss and Sibelius, alongside works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. What are you most looking forward to hearing performed?
I love Sibelius in particular so that is what I am most excited about. The most interesting thing we are doing is bringing in Wu Man to play the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument, in Jiping's Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra. That will be a concert with Mozart and Schubert, an example of where we try to mix the familiar with the less well known works to interest a wide audience.
What do you think the Symphony contributes to Charlotte?
The CSO is the major purveyor of classic music, but we are also an important element in the cultural fabric of the community. We partner with other arts organizations to present innovative programs. Our musicians spend hundreds of hours in the schools working with students.
We provide two youth orchestras for those young people particularly interested in developing their musical skills. Our musicians provide private lessons, play in ensembles at events all over the region, and regularly play at hospitals and other facilities where people cannot come to concerts. I cannot imagine Charlotte without the CSO.
How would you describe our audience to an outsider?
We have a diverse audience through all of our programs. We cater to the classical music enthusiast through the Wells Fargo Private Bank Classics series. We entertain with the Pops. We introduce new audiences to classical music through our innovative KnightSounds series. And we introduce youngsters to the orchestra through our Lollipops series for families. So we have senior citizens all the way to young families. KnightSounds, by the way, makes a great date night with all of the activities around the concert.
Wells Fargo and the CSO issued this Spring Challenge because we want audiences to know that "a donation of any size can make a huge difference". What makes a $10 contribution as impactful as a $1,000 contribution?
We want to have as many members of the CSO family as possible. It makes a difference when we talk to organizations that are considering financial support. Even a $10 contributions is an expression of support, so we do appreciate that. And $10 contributions sometimes grow larger over the years if the donor continues to enjoy what we do.
Don't forget! We only have until midnight Friday, May 9 to meet the Spring Challenge from Wells Fargo.
Click here, or call us at 704-714-5108 to give today!
This spring, Wells Fargo has issued a challenge, "If your audience contributes $25,000 in new gifts by Friday, May 9, we will match them, dollar-for-dollar. We sat down with Jay Everette, Community Affairs Manager at Wells Fargo, to discuss the challenge and why it is an impactful way for Wells Fargo to show its support of the Symphony.
Learn how you can contribute to the challenge. Click here to donate today, or call us at 704-714-5108 and mention the Wells Fargo Challenge. Your gift is doubled when you give by May 9!
Five Questions for Wells Fargo's Jay Everette
CSO: Why do you feel offering a challenge gift is an effective method to raise audience engagement?
Jay Everette: When our Wells Fargo Foundation issues a challenge grant we know from past experience that donors appreciate the fact that their contributions are matched and in effect doubled!
CSO: Wells Fargo is a leading supporter of the arts and culture in Charlotte. Why is this a priority for the company?
JE: Our Foundation focuses on providing exceptional arts and culture experiences for our community. We know that the arts are an important part of our educational outreach as well.
CSO: What would you say to a Symphony audience member who feels their gift would not make a difference?
JE: A donation of any size can make a huge difference in the operation and outreach of a nonprofit. For example, even a small contribution can purchase sheet music for a symphony musician. Nonprofit groups need contributions both large and small. Small gifts are a great opportunity to introduce children to the concept of philanthropy as well, so these types of challenge grants present a great way for families to support the Symphony.
CSO: What was your most memorable Symphony experience this season?
JE: Having the honor of being on stage to announce Wells Fargo's corporate underwriting support for the Itzak Perlman performance!
Don't forget to join the Wells Fargo Spring Challenge!
Click here and join your fellow audience and help us reach our goal.
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