Dear Friends of the Orchestra,
It is with immense joy that I welcome all of you back to the concert hall after a season that has been challenging for all of us in so many ways. Our musicians are looking forward with great anticipation to reuniting with each other, making music together, and sharing it with all of you. The events of the last year have led me to reflect on the importance of having an emotional and spiritual outlet in life-music provides such immense nourishment for our minds and souls and connects all of us as people all over the world. It is a vital and powerful force that enriches our lives. This morning in Seattle, I am listening to the Seattle Youth Symphony rehearse the Barber Adagio for strings in Benaroya Hall-it is so profoundly moving to see a stage full of young musicians, ages 10 to 19, all masked up and playing their hearts out together! It once again reminds me of the power of a shared live musical experience-priceless.
You will see a few new faces in our SOR ensemble this season as well as some beloved and familiar guest artists, and we will also share the stage with some special young talents. Please do try and come listen to one of our Master Classes as part of our new Stockman Bank Master Class Series, where our guest artists and SOR musicians mentor and guide young string players.
And lastly-my deepest thanks to each one of you! Our Board members, musicians, and I are all touched and honored by the support that has been shown to our organization by the community.
Now let’s make music!
Artistic Director, SOR