In 1968, Dr. David Corder, the esteemed founder and longtime conductor of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, had a vision. His goal was to introduce classical music to the greater Baytown area, and he succeeded wonderfully.
It is worth noting that education played a major role in Dr. Corder’s planning. Encouraging young students to study music was a key part of the program. Evidence today confirms that young persons, who participate in orchestras, bands, and the fine arts, perform better as students. Moreover, fine arts programs in the schools are receiving greater support after years of decline.
During the past year there have been moments when it seemed that the Baytown Symphony Orchestra might be in danger of fading away. Tastes and interests change, cultural situations and technology alter how entertainment is presented. Throughout these shifts the BSO has consistently presented high quality programs that brought both classical and modern music to its audience. However, it has seen attendance and support decline.
I am pleased to say that strong efforts by the board of directors to revive the BSO are succeeding. In just the past two months the BSO has exceeded its goal for concert program advertising sales. The businesses that compose this group are both large and small, companies and sole proprietorships. Their generous support is a major part of helping the BSO present the four major concerts in our yearly calendar.
The BSO also derives a portion of its operating
revenues from ticket sales. Season tickets will soon be available. The season pass provides the buyer with a free ticket for the last concert of the season. A pair of season passes makes a great gift and is sure to delight its recipients. Companies can use season passes to reward employees and treat their customers to a musical wonder. You may purchase season tickets at www.lee.edu/pac under the Buy Tickets Baytown Symphony Orchestra 52nd Season header.
Greater access to orchestral music is a fundamental goal of the BSO. The board has recently decided to reinstate the free ticket program for all students and this change makes it much easier for them to attend our concerts. A generous patron has stepped forward to support funding for the program. Contributions of any size can help the BSO continue this effort.
The BSO also depends on the generosity of donors and patrons to help it achieve its funding needs. Many individuals give to the BSO and have helped support it during the past difficult times. We are sincerely thankful for their gifts. If you are interested in making a donation to the BSO please check with your company; it may match your contribution. A fundraising program will soon begin and we urge everyone who is interested in helping the BSO to participate.
Many supporters of the BSO look forward to our annual Spring Gala. This past Gala was interrupted by unforeseen events but, after three delays, it was a fun and a major success. The BSO event provided an opportunity for our benefactors to meet the orchestra’s performers and enjoy a wonderful venue at the Monument Inn. We will be announcing the date for the 2020 Gala in the near future.
Lastly, on behalf of the Board of Directors I want to thank everyone in the Baytown area who continues to support for the BSO. Your steadfast dedication, financial contributions, and enthusiasm for fine music will help the Baytown Symphony Orchestra succeed for years to come.
Jeff Hawkins is President of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra.
P.S. Our season opening event, scheduled for today at Yepez Winery, has been postponed because of the severe weather. We will reschedule it soon.