Big news here in the ASO offices since last week! One of our supporting groups, the Concerto Foundation, successfully raised a core $200,000 endowment to help the ASO continue bringing major guest artists to the Alexandria community.
Led by a gift of $100,000 from Frank and Betty Quirk, long-time patrons of the ASO, 20 $5,000 matching gifts brought the total endowment fund to its current level. The Quirk's quite wisely stipulated that their gift had to be matched and urged fellow ASO supporters to contribute.
We all hope the Concerto Fund, or the Heart of the Symphony Fund (as we're calling it now), will only continue to grow. Earnings on the endowment's principle will be used to help underwrite the annual appearance of a major soloist with our own orchestra here in Alexandria. While past seasons have featured Midori, Peter Serkin, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Lynn Harrell will join the ASO in April of 2008!
Many, many thanks to the Quirks for leading this campaign for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra!