April 9, 2008 > Community Wants to "Save Our Symphony"
Community Wants to "Save Our Symphony"
Submitted By Dyane Hendricks
Audience response to the triumphant performance of renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the Fremont Symphony Orchestra on March 22 proved that the Tri-City community wants to "Save our Symphony." In just three days the "Save Our Symphony" (SOS) Campaign raised $15,000 in sponsorships, reservations for the SOS fundraiser and cash drawing ticket sales. The SOS Fundraiser will be held May 10 on the beautiful grounds of the Dominican Sisters Convent in Fremont.
After giving Mr. Nakamatsu and the orchestra a standing ovation for Beethoven's Emperor Concerto followed by a second ovation for his encore piece of Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso, the sold-out house rushed to the lobby of the Jackson Theatre at Ohlone College to show financial support for the Symphony.
The audience reaction was a culmination giving that began with the Meet the Artist Reception on March 20 when patrons spent time with Mr. Nakamatsu and Fremont Symphony Orchestra Conductor David Sloss then were treated to an Open Rehearsal with the full orchestra.
"It is quite clear from this initial response that the Fremont Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the Tri-City community and they are determined that Symphony remains intact," said Jean Louie, Symphony Vice-President and Chair of the SOS Campaign. She points out that Fremont Symphony almost always plays to a full-house.
Rosalie Gazzola, Director of Recreation for the Masonic Home in Union City agrees. Although not at the March 22 concert, Ms. Gazzola sums up the feelings of the community. "Our residents believe that the performance from the Fremont Symphony is a class act, every show with rave reviews from them," she said. "Our local music and art organizations are important to support. You don't have to go the San Francisco to hear great music."
Ms. Louie said that support will continue to grow for the SOS campaign and expects donations and support from businesses, patrons and music lovers to continue.
Donate to the "Save Our Symphony" Fundraiser by contacting 510.794.1659 or visiting www.fremontsymphony.org
Save Our Symphony Fundraiser
Saturday, May 10
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food, Wine, Music, Live and Silent Auction
Dominican Sisters Convent Grounds
434326 Mission Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94439
$110 per person
$5,000 Cash Drawing
$100 per ticket --- Limited to 300 tickets