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Neighbors of Kane County

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Board agrees to aggressive fundraising to complete season

Apr 02, 2018 11:47AM

The Board of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) met on Thursday, March 29 and agreed by consensus to aggressively raise the funds needed for the Orchestra to finish the 2017-18 Season on May 5 & 6. The 67-year-old cultural gem of the western suburbs, recognized throughout the nation as a premier regional symphony orchestra, is in imminent danger of having to suspend operations indefinitely due to lack of funding.  ESO Board and staff continue to work on short-term and long-term solutions to the financial limitations, including ongoing discussions with the Orchestra's union representatives. “We remain dedicated to the ESO and are taking all reasonable steps to save the Orchestra.  Your assistance, ideas, cooperation and most importantly, donations, are welcome,” affirmed Richard Resseguie, ESO Board Chair.

For generations, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra has been a committed community partner leaving an indelible mark on the western suburbs. Donations can be made on the website at ElginSymphony.Org, by calling 847.888.0404, by visiting our office at 20 DuPage Court, or by mailing a check to that address. Monthly giving programs are available. IRA distributions, corporate matching, gifts of appreciated stocks and securities can be arranged by calling Niesa Patton, Director of Development, at 847.888.0404. Contributions to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible to the fullest extend of the law.  

The loss of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra would leave a gaping void in the western suburbs. Given the unwavering support of Music Director Andrew Grams, ESO musicians, staff, trustees, and especially the loyal ESO patrons, the Board will continue to search for a financial solution that benefits all those the ESO serves.