Dear Friend of Noontime Concerts,
Occasionally, I take a break from standing at my concert management post at the back of the church to give myself a treat and sit in a pew during the concert. From this perspective, I can share in your experience as an audience member. I always find the setting to be inviting, the acoustics excellent, and the music virtuosic.
What we do each week looks easy, right? Well, let me put it this way, producing 50 live and recorded concerts each year is not as easy as we make it look. It takes hours of planning, expensive equipment, technological expertise, promotion, numerous administrative details, and of course, a substantial financial commitment. However, for all of us who work or volunteer for Noontime Concerts, it’s easy because it’s a labor of love and our weekly gift to the Bay Area.
On June 20, we will begin our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Noontime Concerts Summer Fund Drive. This year’s theme is Summertime and the Giving is Easy. With your financial commitment, we can easily reach our $17,000 goal by September 20. In return, we will provide you with a weekly musical lunch break that will brighten your day.
This summer, I am delighted to offer you three months of sensational programs. Starting on June 6, we will launch our summer series with the winner of the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, the incomparable Telegraph Quartet. The following week you can look forward to a quintet of accomplished players from the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Then we welcome back some long-time friends of Noontime, Tom Stone, violin; Tanya Tomkins, cello; and Eric Zivian, piano, playing the Schubert Piano Trio No. 2.
For all of you Baroque lovers—I know you’re out there—be sure to mark your calendars for July 11, when Dr. Trevor Stephenson and his harpsichord will arrive from Wisconsin to perform Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel. We are also very excited to present a July 18 program of classical, gospel, and spirituals sung by the critically acclaimed soprano, Hope Briggs, accompanied by Bill Quist.
The summer season concludes with an August is Piano Month that is guaranteed to bring the sunshine to your Tuesdays. Don’t miss the unique and exciting performances by two amazing artists who are new to Noontime, Thomas Schultz, and Yoonie Han and familiar favorites, Mayumi Tsuchida, Hilda Huang, and Brian Villa Connor.
The 3-month concert calendar has all the information you need to know about the gifted musicians and their world-class performances that will light up the Noontime stage each Tuesday. Please be sure to check it often and plan to make your weekly culture date with Noontime Concerts. Oh, and be sure to bring your friends.
Summertime and the giving is easy. Especially when you get so much in return. Can we count on you to make a generous donation to support our mission and meet our $17,000 Summer Fund Drive goal? With your single or monthly gift of $15, $30, $50, $100 or more you make it easy for us to make great classical musical performance available to everyone.
NOONTIME CONCERTS is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization, Federal ID #94-3123314. We are supported by public donations; donations at concert time; grants and gifts from the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Grants for the Arts; the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists and people like you!