Dear Olympia Symphony family,
As a nonprofit arts organization, our primary role is to serve our community and enrich your lives. We take this responsibility very seriously. We believe in the power of music to unite communities and provide hope and strength in times of crisis and uncertainty. As we face the reality of the COVID-19 global pandemic together, we will continue to "enrich, educate, and entertain" our beloved community, even as we are temporarily separated. We are committed to being a vital part of your lives -- both today, and as we plan optimistically for the future.
The cancellation of our season due to COVID-19 is devastating. April 19 was to be Maestro Huw Edwards' final performance on the stage of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts -- a capstone of his 17 seasons with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. We, like you, are tremendously saddened by the disruption of Huw's final season with us. We are deeply touched by your emails and phone calls expressing your support.
As you can imagine, a cancelled season and uncertain future present unprecedented financial challenges. Thank you for the financial support you have been providing though the donation of unused tickets and direct financial contributions. Your gift enables us to return to the concert stage when health and safety will permit, and provides resources as we explore creative ways to enrich your lives with music as we adapt to this ever-changing situation. Your contributions today ensure symphonic music for the future.
During this crisis, allow the arts to bring you comfort, hope, and joy. Please join us on facebook, instagram, and YouTube, and check our website for updates about online offerings while we are apart.
With hope and gratitude,
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A message from the Music Director,
Although I have several years remaining on my contract I have decided to make the 2019-20 Season my last one as the conductor of the OSO. I have enjoyed 17 memorable and varied years with the OSO, having won the audition in 2003. I have liked calling Olympia my home since 2006—but I want to spend more time with my ailing parents in my native Isles. I am not sure if there is ever a right time to leave…but there is definitely a wrong time to stay; how I live is more important than what I do. The Orchestra is playing really well, sounding fantastic and I’d like to think it has improved during my tenure. However, it is time for someone else—a fresh voice with different tastes. I shall miss the audience here—loyal, supportive and appreciative—and plan on working hard to make this Season a great one with our appealing programs and wonderful soloists. This is definitely a negotiated-deal kind of Brexit!