Dear Friends of Noontime Concerts,
More and more, I feel as though the relentless competition for mindshare from media, news cycles, and consumerism has overloaded my senses to the detriment of my soul. Without calling out the obvious perpetrators, I’ve had enough; I need space for silence, peace, harmony, and pure joy. And one of the places I take refuge is in my job. Presenting Noontime Concerts’ weekly programs is like making an offering of soothing balm to a wounded world.
For 31 years, as of December, Noontime Concerts has been a refuge of inspiration and peace to thousands of concert-goers and musicians from all over the world. Its performances have transcended the relative illusions of the best and worst of times. It is truly our privilege to provide these free world-class programs each week to all who wish to attend.
There are three primary components that ensure the longevity of Noontime Concerts; they are careful planning, quality performances, and necessary funds, that’s where you make the difference. Your generous contributions are foundational to our ability to fund this essential cultural resource each week. Whether you are new to Noontime Concerts or a 31-year patron your investment in our organization pays big cultural dividends.
Thanks to your support, we are currently developing a live-stream platform so our weekly concerts can be experienced by those who do not have in-person access. The decision to take on this expansion was motivated by the hundreds of thousands of views our YouTube channel has received in the past year. When the live-stream launches in 2020 our audiences will have 3 access channels—live, live-stream, and video recordings. We will truly be a millennial organization.
The Noontime Concerts 31st anniversary season promises to be the ideal respite from the news, social media, the demands of work, and the stress of holiday shopping. For the season opener on December 3, we are thrilled to feature, for the 2nd year in a row, the San Francisco Opera Chorus under the direction of Ian Robertson. Just imagine the sound of 50 talented singers filling the acoustically perfect majesty of Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Trust me, you do not want to miss this concert. And on December 10 join us for another not-to-be-missed concert when cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Jeffrey Sykes close out our 2019 season giving a nod to the 2020 season with an all-Beethoven program— 2020 is Beethoven’s 250th birthday year.
December programs are just the first ornaments on the musical tree. The new year at Noontime begins on January 7 with a dazzling collection of artists and performances to delight you. 2020 is going to be a very big year for Beethoven concerts and we will certainly do our part to honor this preeminent composer. Although there will be many opportunities to hear a variety of Beethoven’s compositions and settings at Noontime Concerts, we will focus particularly on presenting the String Quartets. On January 25 the first of these String Quartet programs will be the E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 “Razumovsky” played by Thalea String Quartet followed on February 4 with the A Minor, Op. 132 performed by the Midsummer Mozart Festival Chamber Players. The winter concert calendar will provide you with all of the latest program information including Beethoven and many other notable composers.
Although my heart is filled with gratitude every week, during this anniversary season I especially want to thank the clergy and staff of Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the management and staff of NonPlus Ultra and the San Francisco Mint for providing us with extraordinary concert venues. It is our privilege to enhance the value of these two historical landmarks with our musical offerings. I also want to thank Noontime’s dedicated staff, Board of Directors, and Artistic Advisory Council who continually demonstrate their commitment to our mission, vision, and values through their competence, creativity, and contribution. They quietly show up, support, and get it done each and every week. I am so very grateful to them.
Now I ask that you include Noontime Concerts and the amazingly talented artists who grace our concert stage each week in your holiday and year-end giving. Your investment in us is essential to the fulfillment of our mission and our gratitude is profound. Please consider:
- Becoming a regular contributor at $50, $75, $100, $250 or more.
- Contributing generously when you attend concerts.
- Setting up a corporate match through your employer.
- Inviting your family, friends, and co-workers to Noontime Concerts.
- Signing up online for emails. Opting out of paper mail to save printing and postage costs.
- Engaging with us via social media, including YouTube, and share our information and recordings with others.
I will close with this quote from philosopher and theologian, Howard Thurman.
“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”― Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart
May Noontime Concerts be an ongoing source of beauty, joy, and peace for you and others. Thank you for 31 years of your appreciation, attendance, and support.
Here are some additional ways you can invest in Noontime Concerts
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.
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. Please note if you donate online you are not automatically on our email mailing list. For that go to the home page at noontimeconcerts.org and sign up there.
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, Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, 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.