Dear Friends of Noontime Concerts,
What did Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Wagner, Puccini, Sibelius, Bartok, Britten, Ravel, and Stravinsky have in common, with Noontime Concerts? Patronage, that is financial support from people like you who care about great music.
But you don’t have to be an eccentric royal, an industrialist, an heiress, a baron, or a government official, to be a significant supporter of the arts. You can easily contribute to the musical arts with a modest donation that will help Noontime Concerts further its mission.
With your generous patronage, we will continue to deliver an essential cultural service to the San Francisco Bay Area each week. Yes, we also rely on grant awards and other sources of income, but those resources can be unreliable and do not cover all of our expenses. In truth, we can only keep going with a substantial investment from you our weekly patrons. This summer your generous support has put Noontime Concerts within reach of meeting its $30,000 Summer Fund Drive goal. We are very close and I have complete confidence in you to make that necessary donation to get us there by September 20.
Each week the talented musical artists we present are bringing our audiences to their feet cheering for encores. Musicians from all over the world are contacting us with requests to play at Noontime Concerts. The planning calendar I use for booking performances is filled at least 6 months in advance. We have added a second venue and 8 concerts annually to our current calendar making it a total of 58 per year—that’s a lot of free music. And it is part of our mission to find more ways to provide our audiences with access to these remarkable performances.
Another thrilling season of musical lunchbreaks awaits you this coming fall. All you have to do is show up, enjoy, and contribute whatever amount you can whenever you can. The fall concert calendar located on this website, www.noontimeconcerts.org, will provide you with all of the latest program information. If you haven’t already done so do sign up for our email list.
Since summer doesn’t end until September 20 Noontime Concerts will keep the summer vibe alive with sizzling performances. On September 3 we open the new season with one of America’s most promising young guitar ensembles, DuoSF. Their repertoire and playing promise to be uplifting, harmonic, heartfelt, and colorful. We follow that performance on September 10 with a piece that some scholars acknowledge to be one of the most perfect chamber works in existence, Antonín Dvorák’s Piano Quintet, Op. 81. It will be played by the virtuosic ensemble Carl Blake with the Temescal String Quartet. From there we will slide into some sultry tango with Trio Garufa at the SF Mint on the 15th only to be juxtaposed on the 17th with an all Baroque program performed by the Gold Coast Chamber Players. The finale for September will be a piano recital played by Bay Area concert pianist and beloved teacher William Wellborn.
New works and new instruments to Noontime Concerts are the themes in October. It starts with a marimba trio on October 1. Their repertoire is a bit jazzier than our usual strictly classical fare but the marimba will resonate beautifully within the acoustically balanced Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Living Women Composers are taking Center Stage twice this month. On October 8, we are thrilled to present France’s greatest living Song Composer and pianist, Isabelle Aboulker who will be joined by soprano, Julia Kogan to perform her compositions. Then on October 22 Strobe will play an original composition, Water Colors by Alexis Alrich.
November will be like a Thanksgiving reunion with some of our favorite musicians and composers—including women. Three internationally recognized musicians acclaimed pianists, Péter Tóth and José López along with the renowned British violinist, Madeleine Mitchell return to the Noontime stage. Pianist Carl Blake joined by violinist Dan Flanagan and cellist Eric Gaenslen will dazzle the SF Mint audience on the 24th with a series of trios by Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. And it only seems fitting to complete this remarkable fall series with one of our prodigious emerging artists, pianist, Leo Jergovich.
Your generous patronage to Noontime Concerts supports the amazingly talented artists who grace our concert stage each week, furthers the proliferation of musical arts in the Bay Area, and gives everyone a chance to experience live classical music performance. Your investment in us is essential to our mission and our gratitude is profound. Please consider:
Becoming a sustaining contributor at $30, $60, $100, or more per month to make donating easier for you and help us plan for the future.
Contributing when you attend a concert.
Doubling your regular donation during the Summer Fund Drive.
Setting up a corporate match through your employer.
Inviting your family, friends, and co-workers to Noontime Concerts.
Signing up online for emails. Opt 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.
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.