NANCY MCRAE FISHER TO EXPAND HER SPONSORSHIP

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The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera today announces Nancy McRae Fisher as 2017-2018 Season Sponsor for its six-concert Classics Series and its three-concert Pops Series. After sponsoring the Pops Series for the very successful 2016-2017 season, which saw several sold-out concerts and many for which the second balcony was opened, Ms. Fisher decided to expand her sponsorship to cover both Series. The extraordinarily generous gift demonstrates the renewed trust in the organization, further solidifying the SP&O’s place within the community as a vital and sustainable cultural ambassador.

 

A prominent local business woman, Ms. Fisher and her husband founded Hank Fisher Properties in 1979 and until recently she was acting president and CEO. Throughout her career, Ms. Fisher has been an unwavering and steadfast supporter of the arts in Sacramento and one of the SP&O’s most tireless advocates.

 

“The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera represents an important part of a vibrant lifestyle that defines Sacramento,” said Ms. Fisher. “I am so very impressed with the talented, creative, and professional members of the staff and orchestra and their variety of classical as well as Pops styles that create truly exciting performances. I hope that you will attend a performance and realize how fortunate we are to have this outstanding orchestra in our community. You will enjoy a most memorable experience.”

 

Nancy Fisher’s gift sends a clear message and signals a great deal of confidence in us,” said Executive Director, Alice Sauro. “Our path of fiscal responsibility and artistic excellence put us on an upward trajectory and Nancy recognizes that and believes in us. We’re not only thrilled but we couldn’t be more grateful for this kind of support.”

 

“It’s a game changer,” says Board President, Laurie Nelson. “A sponsorship of this magnitude is absolutely transformative—it helps us get to that next level and lets us continue to bring the joy of classical music to Sacramento’s cultural landscape.”

 

The upcoming season’s programming will include repertoire by Brahms, Mozart, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Pops concerts showcasing The Music of Prince, ABBA, and favorite hits from Hollywood films. Once again an array of guest conductors and virtuoso soloists will be featured. “It’s support from people like Nancy that make all this possible. Period,” emphasizes Sauro. “To garner so much talent takes more than ticket sales and Nancy understands just how much goes into each and every concert.”

 

Also new for the 2017-2018 season is the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s Wellness Program, which just rolled out with a yearlong series at Sophie’s Place, a pediatric music therapy center at Sutter Children’s Hospital. The program brings in small ensembles, so that pediatric patients get to experience the healing powers of music in a tranquil yet engaging environment.

 

Find out more about the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera 2017-2018 season and the Wellness Program by going to sacphilopera.org.

 

2017-18 Season Announced

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Classics & Pops Series Return
 
Sacramento Favorite, Rachel Barton Pine, The Music of Prince, and Puccini’s Tosca Are Season Hightlights
 
Renewing Subscriptions on Sale Now
 
Sacramento, CA (February 24, 2015) – The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera returns to the Community Center Theater stage for its 2017-2018 season after another record-breaking year. The Classics Series season will open on October 14, 2017 with Brahams’ Symphony No. 1 and acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s dramatic interpretation of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Ms. Pine has performed regularly with the orchestra. Mirroring the 2016-2017 season’s Beethoven Festival, the 2017-2018 season will boast a two weekend festival focusing on Russian Composers. Internationally celebrated pianist, Andrew von Oeyen, will be in residency for the entirety of the Russian Festival. This six-concert Classics series will conclude with one of the operatic repertoire’s most performed and beloved works, Puccini’s Tosca, on May 5, 2018.
 
The Pops Series will once again commence on Thanksgiving Day Weekend with an unforgettable evening of the “Music of Prince” in honor of the music icon. Collaborating alongside the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera will be a rock band to perform Prince’s greatest hits. Tickets are expected to sell out. Purchasing a Pops Series Subscription is strongly recommended to secure the “Music of Prince” tickets.
 
Pricing remains “patron-centric” and has not increased for the 17-18 Seasons. Subscription packages start at $135 for the six concert Classics Series and $111 for the Pops Series. Packages for returning patrons are on sale now and subscriptions for new patrons will be on sale in mid-April. Subscriptions may be purchased by calling our box office at 916-808-2000.
 
Repertoire, artists, and conductors were programmed and selected by Erik Rӧnmark, Artistic Advisor to the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, who is also the Vice President and General Manager of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

RALEY FAMILY FOUNDATION INVESTS $300,000 IN THE SP&O

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RALEY FAMILY FOUNDATION INVESTS $300,000 IN
THE SACRAMENTO PHILHARMONIC & OPERA
Nancy McRae Fisher Renews Pops! Season Underwriting

The Thomas P. Raley Foundation has invested $300,000 to support the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera over the next three years. Thomas P. Raley was the founder of Raley’s Supermarkets, which also owns Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill Foods. The Thomas P. Raley Foundation and family have a long history of funding and expanding the arts in the Sacramento region.
“The Thomas P. Raley Foundation is delighted to support the artistic endeavors of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera,” said Joyce Raley Teel, the daughter of Thomas P. Raley, who serves as the co-chair of the foundation with her husband Jim Teel. “The leadership has shown great fiscal responsibility and artistic programming that is accessible to our community and we have faith in the organization.”
Upon its return to the stage in 2015, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera set new records for season subscriptions and single ticket sales, all while operating within budget. Audiences and donors are enthusiastically reinvesting to once again make the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera a valued, viable asset and priority for the entire community.
“From our board to the staff and musicians, we are so grateful for the Thomas P. Raley Foundation’s continued support and sincere faith in our efforts. This past year we have demonstrated a path to sustainability and how vital the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is within the arts community in the Sacramento region. When the arts thrive, the benefits transcend beyond entertainment to education and community outreach initiatives. We’re here to stay, and it is wonderful that the Thomas P. Raley Foundation recognizes our efforts and accomplishments,” said Laurie Nelson, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera board president.
“We are deeply appreciative to the Thomas P. Raley Foundation for its generous support and sincere faith in our efforts,” said Alice Sauro, Executive Director of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. “This major gift is the first step of many in restoring the long-term health of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. As such, we have positioned their $100,000 gift as a Challenge Grant, matching dollar-for-dollar all new and increased gifts from other individuals, companies, and foundations through December 31, 2016.” The 2016-17 season will be further supported by the generosity of Nancy McRae Fisher, who will underwrite the Pops! Series for the second year in a row.
“Last year was astonishing. The Pops! Series was not only fun but literally filled the house! They are continually breaking records, bringing in new audiences, and reinvigorating classical music in the region. I am thrilled to be a part of it again for the 2016-17 season,” said Fisher. To make a donation towards the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and Thomas P. Raley Foundation matching challenge, please call 916-808-1989 or visit www.SacPhilOpera.org.

SP&O Breaks 10-Year Subscription Record!

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Due in part to the wildly successful attendance of our second concert of the Resurrection season, we’ve broken a 10-year subscription record and have a 60% Increase in subscriptions since the 2012-2013 season! We are also thrilled to announce our $100,000 Fortissimo Challenge grant.

Announcing Tweet Seats!

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Tweet Seats! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tweet Seats! Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera to Initiate Live Tweeting at Performances

Sacramento, Ca (Oct. 6, 2015) The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera announces Tweet Seats, an exciting new initiative that brings the reach of social media to the art of classical music with live tweeting during performances. The first live tweeting will take place October 17th at the Community Center Theater, when 18-year old violin virtuoso Simone Porter plays the lyrical and dazzling, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.

“We want to be unique and be able to reach as wide an audience as we can,” said Alice Sauro, executive director of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. “Today’s world demands using every available tool to secure classical music as an integral part of our community. Social media is fast, interactive, and makes us accessible to the voices of our younger viewers.”

To roll out this new marketing initiative, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is inviting fluent and frequent Tweeters to apply online at Sacphilopera.org. Patrons will get a very individual, first-person perspective from local voices who love Twitter.

About the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera
With its 2015-16 season, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera reintroduces the region to a bold, innovative, and strong vision that sets the standard for professional classical music. Through community engagement and unique, ambitious programming choices, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera hopes to challenge the way audiences experience and relate to live performing arts, reaching new patrons and communities throughout the Sacramento region and beyond.