Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to charitable giving, continuing our national tradition of celebrating generosity. As you consider your end of year giving, we hope you’ll remember the impact that the Diablo Symphony Orchestra has had on your life and on our artistic community, and consider making a donation, especially during this still uncertain time for the Arts.
As we continue to work through challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the Arts – including the complete loss of ticket revenue during much of the 2019-20 and the entire 2020-21 seasons – the support of our sponsors and donors like you has become even more critical. Our recent November 21 “Amazing Grace” concert was indeed a celebration of the orchestra’s return to live performances as we began our 2021-22 season! The DSO also looks forward to performing “mini-concerts” in schools through its Education Outreach Program when safety allows, and is continuing to explore exciting opportunities and collaborations with other artistic organizations in the Contra Costa area and beyond. As you can see from our 2021-22 season, the DSO remains strongly committed to programming music that is inclusive of our audience and our artistic community.
Ticket sales have historically made up less than half of the resources required to fund our concerts and other activities. From venue and music rentals, employee costs, hiring of high caliber soloists, and publicity and production expenses, concert operations require a strong financial base that, even in the best of times, cannot be maintained by ticket sales alone. As we begin this new season of live performances, we fully intend to maintain our ambitious programming with the realization that ticket sales will likely not immediately resume at the level prior to the pandemic. Combined with our loss of over a year’s ticket revenue and a general decrease in grant availability for the arts, the DSO faces a significant financial challenge.
Recognizing that individuals as well as organizations are facing greater financial challenges at this time, we are asking for your help at whatever level or type of contribution is possible. Your gift will be greatly appreciated!
The Symphony is grateful for our loyal supporters that have allowed the orchestra and its programs to thrive since its founding in 1962. This support has helped us present high quality concerts featuring world-class soloists, offer a “Music in the Schools” program and popular free Family Concert each year, and sustain the annual Yen Liang Young Artists Competition that brings superb young talent to our stage.