I love writing our e-newsletter at this time of year because the Auburn Symphony has many reasons to be grateful. As the weather slowly turns to autumn, we nostalgically think about what it was like to perform at our historic Placer High School auditorium and deck it out for concerts. Those days will come again, but in the meantime we’ll remember and count our blessings.
I hope you have been enjoying the video gifts we have been sending your way such as our wonderfully crafted Young Artists Recital. You can watch the entire performance here and you can also now see individual performances in our YouTube playlist if you like to spread out the joy in smaller bites. Last week’s Halloween Musical Treat warmed our hearts as we looked back on archived performances of our iconic Pops concerts from the recent past—complete with costume parade clips! We have a few other such “gifts” on the drawing board you can look forward to soon.
On the business side, a HUGE shout-out is due to the Placer Shares grant program, administered by the Placer Community Foundation on behalf of Placer County. This generous lifeline grant from the CARES Act assists local nonprofits with critical financial support in this crucial year. We are also fortunate to have received grants from First Five Placer and the Sierra Pacific Foundation that are being targeted to help deliver our mission with preschool and elementary school children in creative ways that will supplement the work of our hardworking teachers.
When we think about all the people we want to thank, the core of our list is YOU, our faithful supporters who give so generously of your time, talents, and treasures. Our season subscribers are a small army of patrons who buy season tickets and are especially important for our long-term sustainability. You might be wondering what this means in a year when there are no tickets to sell? Keeping pace with our Symphony Family philosophy, we want you to be assured that we’re “holding your place in line” until we can start to gather and sell tickets again. Did you also know that season subscribers are members of the Auburn Civic Symphony Association? That’s our official name and the heart of our public benefit nonprofit organization. Every spring, Association members are sent ballots to elect directors to the Board. Stay tuned as we share a deeper look in the coming months into the Association and the important role of its members.