I am delighted to welcome you to GVOC’s 42nd season. This season continues in the tradition of celebrating what has kept us going for the past 41 years and also looks forward to revitalizing classical music and its relevancy for generations to come. I am certain that our diverse programming has something to offer everyone and promises to be some of the most innovative for Rochester audiences in the coming year.
We start in December with a holiday concert celebrating musical influence throughout the years. We then move on to our Pops concert that has a special collaborator again this year. Michael Lasser, host of the national radio program Fascinatin’ Rhythm, winner of a Peabody award, and our greatest expert on American popular music, will lead us through a historical journey of songs from the time of WW1. Finally, we end with a concert exploring the seasons and elements through music.
It is through season subscriptions and our annual campaign that we are able to offer the unique programming you have come to expect over the years. In addition to being able to produce 3 major concerts a year, your support also helps our growing community outreach efforts. Just last year, we were able to grow our outreach efforts by 400%. This means that we are able to offer more free small concerts in venues like public libraries throughout the Greater Rochester region as well as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By doing this, we have the opportunity to provide beautiful music to more people in our region who may not have the means otherwise to attend our concerts.
As a nearly 100% volunteer organization, your contribution to our annual campaign and purchase of season subscriptions go directly back into the community through these outreach efforts. On behalf of GVOC, I want to thank you for helping us continue our mission of bringing affordable, quality music to our local community.