Dear Friends of Noontime Concerts,
For you, it may be 2019 but for Noontime Concerts, it’s already 2020-21. As the executive director, I am constantly researching, planning, and arranging for a future of exciting programs.
Noontime Concerts is like The Little Engine That Could; we are a small arts and education nonprofit bringing a big cultural service to the San Francisco Bay Area each week. This little musical engine is being driven by dedicated staff, board members, and artistic advisors—many of whom work for free, but with grant awards getting smaller, we can only keep going with a substantial investment from you. Therefore, in honor of our 30th anniversary and for this year’s Summer Fund Drive, I’m asking you to help us meet a serious but necessary goal of $30,000 by September 23.
Those of you who were present earlier in May for the performance given by the award-winning emerging artist, Julian Rhee accompanied by the brilliant Miles Graber, you might have said to yourself, “I am so fortunate to be here listening to this exceptional young artist this early in his career.” As you know, Julian’s concert is just one example of dedicated and inspired musicianship that Noontime Concerts presents for free every week.
Our concert calendar is overflowing with the best and brightest emerging and established musicians. With your ongoing financial support and concert attendance, these artists will continue to have an opportunity to surprise and delight you with their talent and repertoire now and in the future.
As we take off our rain boots and tiptoe into the summer months Noontime Concerts plans to warm you up with three months of outstanding programs starting on June 7 when our Women Composers Take Center Stage series continues with Ensemble Illume who will introduce us to a piece composed by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. We will also feature two of Noontime’s favorite pianists, Daniel Glover who will honor and celebrate SF Pride month and women composers with his concert at the San Francisco Mint on Sunday, June 23 and Tien Hsieh on Tuesday, June 25 playing Bach, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin.
We’re setting off the musical fireworks in early July when SFS principal violinist, Florin Parvulescu along with cellist, Eric Sung, and pianist, Samantha Cho play the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8. Brahms originally composed this piece when he was 20 years old. The sparklers will continue with performances by the Telegraph Quartet on July 9, Tom Rose, clarinet and Miles Graber, piano playing more Brahms on the 16th, a Tom Stone Trio at the SF Mint on the 21st, a Tom Stone Quartet at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral on the 23rd and a Piano Month prelude on the 30th featuring former emerging artist and gifted pianist, Allegra Chapman who will include Polish woman composer, Grazyna Bacwicz in her repertoire.
It may be cold and foggy in San Francisco, but August at Noontime Concerts will be hot and bright. On August 6, Concert Artist Guild Competition winner and emerging artist, Ko-Eun Yi will dazzle the audience with works by Scarlatti, Debussy, Beethoven, and Chopin. Once again, we’re thrilled to participate in the San Francisco International Piano Festival on August 18 and 20, sfpiano.org. On the 18th inspired pianist, Albert Kim will play Schumann, Manoury, Koechlin, and more at the SF Mint. On August 20 at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral we will present the poetic Paul Sanchez in partnership with his wife Soprano, Kayleen Sanchez followed by the musical magic of Igor Lipinski. Piano month’s last concert on August 30 will sizzle with the virtuosic Cuban pianists Mirta Gómez and Sahily Cánovas.
Your investment doesn’t just keep us operating, it helps the professional musicians you hear at every one of our concerts earn a living and pursue their passion. We are dedicated to providing performance opportunities and exceptional concerts. It is our sincere hope that our dedication to our mission inspires you to invest in us. Here are some things you can do now in support of Noontime Concerts.
Become a sustaining contributor at $30, $60, $100, or more per month to make donating easier for you and help us plan for the future.
Contribute when you attend a concert.
Double your regular donation during the Summer Fund Drive.
Set up a corporate match through your employer.
Invite your family, friends, and co-workers to Noontime Concerts.
Sign up online for emails. Opt out of paper mail to save printing and postage costs.
Engage with us via social media, including YouTube, and share our information and recordings with others.
We’re counting on you to help us hit the $30,000 high note this summer!
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, 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.