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Orchestrated for Success Campaign

This is where you come in. We need your help! Every gift to the CSO is an investment in our community and its culture. Please join us in our efforts to make Chattanooga a better place to live. You can support the CSO by making an online gift via our website at www., or by calling us at 423.267.8583. We thank you in advance for your support of the CSO.

The cost of producing such high quality entertainment and programming isn’t insignificant. Most concert-goers are not aware that the cost of a ticket only covers 40% of our expenses for a concert. That is why additional support from our community is so important. As many of you know by now these are very challenging times for the CSO. For various reasons our long-time united arts fund partner ArtsBuild has made the decision to cap its funding of the CSO at $200,000 by 2015. This is down from the $539,000 which we received as recently as 2009. These cuts threaten to dramatically impact the CSO’s mission to inspire, engage, and enrich our community. If we can’t make up these cuts in funding, there will be no choice but to cut the music and no one wants to do that!

Ways to give: ONLINE at MAIL in the enclosed envelope. CALL 423.267.8583.

We’re 75% to our 2013/14 Annual Fund season goal. Help us reach 100%!

2013/14 Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Board of Directors Executive Committee Spencer McCallie; President Mark A. Smith; Treasurer Kim Gavin; Secretary Susan Elliott Rich; Past President Directors Jeanine Alday Warren Barnett Dr. Gordon Bietz Gail Chapman Michelle Chastain George S. Clinton Jo Coke Mike Cooper Nick Coussoule Linda Friberg Bill Green Mai Bell Hurley Gordon James Eva Johnson Ian Leavy Pat Ledford Eddie McCrary Don McDowell Claudia Moore Jean Rader Colleen Russell W. Keith Sanford Tyler Siira Teresa Spilko Pat Starke Linda Thompson Jeffrey Wilson Katie S. Wilson


CSO Newsletter Fall/Winter 2013 Edition

In this edition: • Get an update on the 2013/14 Orchestrated for Success Campaign. • See where CSO ensembles are making a mark in our CSO in the Community program. • Learn the outcome of a successful fundraising event with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. • Find out details about the upcoming UnCorked! fundraiser. • Plan to attend upcoming concerts and events. Visit the CSO Youtube Channel for special video program notes, chats with musicians, and special behind the scenes peeks into the CSO. YouTube – Chattanooga Symphony


Fall/Winter 2013

Happy Holidays!

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Honorary Directors Ruth S. Holmberg William L. Montague, Jr. (deceased)

2012 Home for the Holidays conducted by Kayoko Dan photo by Brad Cansler

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Our community outreach programs continue to make a positive impact. Each year our musicians visit more than 60 area schools and play to 22,000 school children as a part of our Ensembles in Schools program. With all the cuts to the arts in the public schools, the CSO is proud to play a role in broadening our children’s educational experience.

So far our efforts to replace the cuts in funding have been very successful. Last year we doubled the number of $1000 donors and added four new donors at the $25,000 level. So far this season we have continued to see more Chattanoogans rally around our efforts and have already raised 75% of our goal for this year. However, we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals to be able to sustain the CSO.

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This season marks 81 years in which Chattanooga has had a professional symphony orchestra and so far it’s been one of the best ever! We have seen a significant jump in ticket sales, both from our subscribers as well as first time ticket buyers. We also have had a large increase in area student attendance. We believe this is partially a result of our efforts to create programming that has a wide audience appeal and allows us to connect with people that may have never come to a symphonic concert before.


inspire • engage • enrich 423.267.8583 •

Molly Sasse • Executive Director

Upcoming Events

Holiday time is one of my favorites every year, especially because music plays such a big part in our celebrations. At the CSO, we love putting together our annual Home for the Holidays show. Kayoko Dan, our musicians, and even the administrative staff all take turns suggesting our favorite music, coming up with the theme, writing the script, and inviting friends to join us on the stage for a holiday extravaganza. In fact, we start the planning in July, so we have holidays on our minds for a long time!

Luken Holdings Pops Series

This year’s theme is “Through a Child’s Eyes,” and I think children of all ages will be caught up in holiday magic at the Tivoli Theatre on Dec. 20 and 21. Whether you’ve never attended or wouldn’t miss it, make this year’s CSO Home for the Holidays a part of your family’s holiday celebration. I hope you’ll keep the CSO in mind too as you think about your year-end giving. We perform at no charge for more than 20,000 children every year in their schools, and for another 1,000 people in area hospitals, nursing homes and community centers. Donors make such concerts possible. Help us keep the music going for yourself and your family as well as for those who otherwise would not be able to hear the finest in classical music. Thanks for your support in purchasing tickets and contributing to the CSO. Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Board of Directors, the staff, and most of all, from the musicians of the CSO!

Lamar Alexander Fundraiser deemed a success On Friday, November 15, 80 donors and community members gathered for a private affair with Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator, at the Loveman Building home of Kim and Chuck Gavin. The CSO String Quintet performed for the crowd prior to Senator Alexander taking a seat at the piano and performing songs from Mozart and Chopin to the “Tennessee Waltz.” Catering was provided by Lee Towery Catering. A silent auction included items such as a Nashville Weekend Getaway, jewelry, as well as the opportunity to have a CSO quintet perform in your home. $29,000 was raised at the event, which will help support the CSO’s many education programs. The event was co-hosted by Kim Gavin and Pat Ledford.

Home for the Holidays - Through a Child’s Eyes

CSO in the Community The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and Creative Discovery Museum recently presented the first “PopTots” performance of the season. This series held at the Creative Discovery Museum introduces classical music and instruments to young children and their families. In addition to live performances, guests are invited to hold and play the instruments, to build their own instrument, and to perform on a song with the CSO musicians. “Music is a strong learning tool in early childhood development. It’s great for kids to experience music by getting their hands on instruments and playing for themselves,” said Liza Blair, Arts Manager for Creative Discovery

Museum. The next performance in the series is a special holiday concert on December 14 from 12pm to 2pm and will feature the CSO Wind Quintet. The CSO Wind and String Quintets, composed of the CSO’s principal players, have expanded their community performances to include performances at the Hunter Museum’s “Artful Yoga” series which explored the theory of harmony in art, music, and life; at AVA’s “Gallery Hop”; and at River City Company’s “Fresh on Fridays” at Miller Plaza. The quintets continue to draw crowds at the monthly Warehouse Row lunch series and at other community locations including libraries and hospitals.

This season, the CSO has also embarked on two new partnerships. Working with the Glass House Collective, formed to help revitalize historic Glass Street, the CSO is expanding its geographic reach and working to bring classical music to East Chattanooga. CSO Quintets will perform at Hardy Elementary School and at several Glass Street community events. In April, the CSO together with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will present a special workshop that will help girls take note of the music at the symphony and around them. The “Girl of Note” workshop, a first for the CSO, will include an instrument petting zoo, a conducting lesson, a backstage tour of the Tivoli Theatre, and a CSO concert.

Education Programs Young People’s Concerts The Young People’s Concerts will be presented on February 6 and 7, 2014 at the Tivoli Theatre. The program, Symphonic Voyagers: The Orchestra in Orbit and Beyond!, will feature music by Holst, Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Mozart as played by the CSO. The emphasis will be on music from the golden disc on the Voyager spacecraft, now departing from the solar system. Carey Shinbaum will be narrator extraordinaire, and nose-flute virtuoso, for the program. Also included will be a performance by the CSOYO Concerto Competition winner, Bethany Thornton, who will perform part of the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Wieniawski. Ensembles in the Schools The CSO String Quintet and Wind

Quintet are presenting educational programs in area schools again this season. 120 schools from an 11-county area of Tennessee and Georgia are visited by our core ensembles over a two-year period. Our newest Wind Quintet member this season is Kristen Holritz on flute. Scheduling is ongoing throughout the season. Watch the CSO website for an updated schedule of performances. Strings in the Schools The CSO’s investment of $3,000 in string education is currently divided between two schools. This will be the ninth year of string classes at Alpine Crest Elementary School with David Creel. The string class at Big Ridge Elementary School will continue for the second year with Priscilla Estrada.

Youth Orchestras The CSO Youth Orchestras have increased this season to 190 young people from 40 different schools in southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia. Full orchestra concerts will be presented on November 18, March 3, and May 5 (check out our new website). String orchestra concerts will be presented on November 25 and March 17. The small ensembles, a popular feature of the CSOYO, will be performing throughout the season. The CSOYO Symphony will be performing on December 7 with the Chattanooga Boys Choir (“Singing Christmas Tree”), and on January 23, along with the SAU Orchestra, for the “From the Top” program.

“Through the strings program, students are given a priceless opportunity to learn skills that will last a lifetime. The cognitive development, musical development, and personal development that these students acquire through the strings program has influence that extends into every facet of their lives. We are fortunate to have this program at Big Ridge!” - Priscilla Estrada

Concert sponsored by First Tennessee Foundation Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:30pm • Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:00pm Tivoli Theatre Kayoko Dan, conductor | Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director Metropolitan Bells, Gary Bynum, director | Chattanooga Boys Choir, Vincent Oakes, director Greg Glover, host | Joel D. Scribner, producer

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series

Beethoven’s 7th

Concert sponsored by Fletcher Bright Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm Tivoli Theatre Kayoko Dan, conductor | Jennifer Frautschi, violin

Barnett & Company Masterworks Series

All Brahms

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30pm Tivoli Theatre Kayoko Dan, conductor | Geoffrey Duce, piano

Volkswagen Series

Symphonic Voyagers: The Orchestra in Orbit and Beyond Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00pm Volkswagen Conference Center Kayoko Dan, conductor

Save The Date! May 31, 2014 6:30 - 10:00pm Renaissance Park

Tickets on sale January 2014

Jennifer Frautschi, violin

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