Dear Valued Aiken Symphony Orchestra Patron:
In unprecedented times, your ASO faces unprecedented challenges.
We concluded our (unexpectedly shortened) 5th season and were looking forward to a wonderful 2020-2021 season which our Maestro, Board of Directors, and staff worked tirelessly to create. And then things changed…drastically.
Symphonies across the globe are facing financial hardship not seen in modern times, but this is especially true for young symphonies like your ASO. In prior years, spring brought a very busy subscription season which provided us income vital to our existence. This income helped fund our concerts and offset significant costs already incurred when planning for the upcoming season began. It also allowed us to continue to perform essential business between concert seasons. Without additional funds, your young ASO faces a very dire situation that could severely affect our longevity.
It appears unlikely that we will be able to perform any concerts in 2020 due to uncertainty regarding venue availability and social distancing measures. Since our season will likely be significantly shortened, we will be losing much-needed income. For this reason, we must appeal to you to give a tax-deductible donation to your ASO today. You can help ensure that your ASO will be here to share in the joy of live symphonic music as a healthy, vibrant, and financially secure organization. We know that some of you have already sent financial gifts recently for which we are very grateful. Please consider the role music plays in your life as well as the role the ASO plays in making Aiken a city that embraces the arts. We will continue communicating updated season details via emails, Facebook/ Instagram, newspaper, our office voicemail, and our website.
On behalf of the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, other members of the Board of Directors, our musicians, and staff, thank you in advance for your generous donation and support.
Thomas Herlong, President
Donald Portnoy, Music Director and Conductor