As we approach the much anticipated Noontime Concerts 30th Anniversary I cannot help but reflect on what an amazing milestone a 30-year anniversary is for a small arts and education nonprofit. Then I realize 30 years was almost the entire lifespan of the composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In thinking about Noontime Concerts and Mozart I note that his life and work were very much shaped by The Enlightenment and that it was he who first moved away from the typical religious themes and wrote music, based on stories and experiences, for all to hear. Also, I recently learned that it was during The Enlightenment that music performance began to be offered to the public rather than remain reserved for the private amusement of a privileged group.
Fast forward to 1988 when two musicians, soprano, Alexandra Ivanoff and organist, John Karl Hirten launch a midday music series in San Francisco’s Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral whose mission it is to make live classical music available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. And now here we are in 2018 having presented hundreds of free live concerts performed by extraordinary musical artists to thousands of audience members from all over the world. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this remarkable legacy and the many gifts that come with sharing music within a community.
Now it’s time to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E and you are invited to three very special programs in December. On December 4, Noontime’s official anniversary, we are thrilled and honored to present the San Francisco Opera Chorus conducted by Chorus Master, Ian Robertson. In memory of Noontime Concerts’ beloved benefactor and patron saint of emerging artists, Helen von Ammon, we will feature an outstanding young cellist, Davis You on December 11. To usher in the holiday and end the year with fanfare we are very privileged to present the eclectic and innovative Spanish Brass on December 18.
But that’s not all because the anniversary season extends through February 2019 and we have a calendar bursting with uniquely beautiful performances. From flute and saxophones to double bass, guitar, and bassoon we will continue our 30-year tradition of presenting world-class classical music performances each and every week as San Francisco’s Musical Lunch Break. You can find all of the up-to-the-minute concert and performer information on this website.
Anniversaries and birthdays are often times to make wishes. As I continue to reflect on all that has taken place within Noontime Concerts and the beloved community it serves I bow to the vision, the skill, the commitment, and the dedication of those who have made Noontime Concerts the landmark cultural institution it is today. I can also painfully remember several very challenging times in our history when we came close to ending this important series because we did not have enough financial support to keep it going. With all of this on my mind and heart, it is my sincere wish that Noontime Concerts continues to thrive as a cultural steward of music and enrichment and that we are so well-supported and sustained by our community of generous patrons that we can celebrate the 60th anniversary.
My wish can only come true with your financial support and your weekly concert attendance. For those of you who regularly attend our performances, you know their value. In any other venue, you would pay anywhere from $25-$75 for a similar performance. It is your generous contribution of $30, $75, $150, $300, or more that will help to grant my wish. Please consider becoming a sustaining contributor by visiting the selecting the “recurring donation” button above this letter. You can start with a $30 per month commitment in honor of Noontime’s 30th anniversary. Making this choice will help the staff and board securely plan for a successful future that guarantees your listening pleasure for now and many years to come.
In closing I want to extend my profound gratitude to Noontime Concerts’ founders, our dedicated staff, board of directors, and artistic advisors; to our virtuosic musicians, to Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the San Francisco Mint; and to all of you who join us each week and help make this series possible through your love of music and your generous financial support.
Here are some additional ways you can contribute
Weekly concert donations: A cash or check donation at the weekly concerts is an easy way to show your support for Noontime Concerts and to acknowledge the high-caliber weekly musical presentations.
Text: Txt2Give allows you to donate with your mobile phone
Text (415) 949-3311 and enter the message, “Give $ (your amount).” After a one-time registration which takes only a minute, you can donate via credit card. You will receive a confirmation email as evidence of your donation.
Online contributions: Your donation to Noontime Concerts is just a click away when you visit the secure donations page at noontimeconcerts.org. Here you can make a one-time contribution or set up a hassle-free recurring donation.
Employer matching donations: Many employers—especially those in the philanthropic-focused Bay Area—provide donor matching benefits to employees for charities of their choice. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your donation power and help Noontime Concerts support its mission. Please ask your benefits coordinator how you can designate Noontime Concerts for a matching donation.
Corporate community campaigns: Many companies in the Bay Area participate in an annual giving campaign, with partners like the United Way. Employee participation in these types of campaigns is another easy way to contribute by designating Noontime Concerts as a donation recipient.
Legacy gifts: We would be honored to be a beneficiary of your trust plans. Such legacy gifts are a tremendous show of support for our organization and a reflection of the joy it has provided you over the years. It also is a noble way to support the future of live classical music and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy these rich cultural experiences for years to come.
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NOONTIME CONCERTS is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization, Federal Tax 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!
Noontime Concerts is an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring organization.