FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2017
The Macon Symphony Orchestra to Hold Grand Finale
Macon, GA – The Macon Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will be holding one final concert, October 14, 2017 before closing. Bob Veto, board president, said the decision was made after a close examination of the symphony’s financial situation following the MSO’s 40th Anniversary Season. “Our symphony, like many others, has struggled for some time now with declining ticket sales and declining corporate support, a trend that has been accelerating in recent years. Along with the decline in revenue, the cost of production continues to increase. In April, it became clear to our Board that we might not be able to exist beyond the current season, but with an abundance of hope and optimism, we planned a complete season and sent out subscriber information,” said Veto. “After careful review of the budget projections for the upcoming season, we have found that to attempt to stage all four planned concerts might end up with the MSO leaving many financial commitments unmet.”
Veto stated that the MSO musicians, many of whom have been performing with the symphony for decades, needed to be informed as early as possible so that they could seek other performance opportunities in 2018. In addition, the MSO has mailed a letter to season subscribers to inform them of the decision. Patrons are invited to contact the MSO office for a refund for the cancelled concerts and are also encouraged to consider offering the funds toward the expenses of the final concert in exchange for a tax donation receipt. “We would like to go out with a bang, and make this final concert one to remember,” said Veto.
“We are incredibly grateful for our loyal patrons, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. We have a lovely group of supporters who adore classical music and the Macon Symphony, and they are the reason it has survived as long as it has,” said Veto. “We encourage everyone to support live music in Macon such as the Mercer Symphony concerts and the Macon Pops.”
About the Macon Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1976, is to educate and enrich the people of Middle Georgia through live professional symphonic music. Each season the orchestra performs a wide variety of classical concerts, pops and young people’s concerts. For more information, visit www.maconsymphony.com.
In preparation for moving to our new offices at 328 Orange Street in a few weeks, we have a new mailing address:
P.O. Box 4764
Macon, GA 31208-4764
Our phone number will remain the same: 478-301-5300.
And if you want to come visit us or buy season tickets in person, we are still located at 400 Poplar Street for another few weeks. Just give us a call to let us know you’re on the way so that we can let you in!
We might even put you to work!
February 4, 2016 │Macon, GA — The Macon Symphony Orchestra announced today the appointment of Gerald Steichen as the Orchestra’s new Music Director. Steichen was Guest Conductor at the MSO’s Symphonic Tricks & Orchestral Treats concert in October of 2015. “We received such a favorable response from our musicians and from the community when Jerry was here,” said Sheryl Towers, CEO of the MSO. “We are very fortunate that he will bring his extraordinary creativity and passion to the orchestra as we prepare for our 40th Season. The MSO has been led by a series of wonderful guest conductors for the last two years, but a Music Director is invaluable for artistic planning and energizing our future as we introduce a new generation to orchestral music.”
With a career that ranges from symphony to opera, Broadway to chamber music, Steichen has established himself as one of America’s most versatile conductors. Steichen is in his eighth season as Music Director of the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra, served the New Haven Symphony as Associate and Principal Pops conductor for fifteen seasons, and recently completed eleven seasons as the Principal Pops conductor of the Utah Symphony. He has guest conducted the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony among others. Steichen conducted the New York City Opera for ten seasons, toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Peter Pan, and conducted Cats in New York for two years. He has also appeared on Broadway, portraying Manny, the Accompanist in the Tony Award-winning Master Class.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Macon Symphony as its newest Music Director,” said Steichen. “Macon has an incredible tradition of supporting the symphony and the arts, and I’m so looking forward to becoming a part of the greater community. During my audition week, I found the musicians of the orchestra to be wonderfully motivated and committed to excellence in performance. The board is very engaged, and the entire community was so welcoming. I can’t wait to be a part of the next chapter of the Macon Symphony.”
Originally from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Maestro Steichen holds degrees from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University and the University of Southern California. A resident of New York, Steichen will be a regular visitor in Macon throughout the concert season.
The press is invited to a “Meet ‘N Greet” with Maestro Steichen on Wednesday, February 24 at 3pm at the MSO Offices, 400 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201. The event is sponsored by The Gables at Wolf Creek.
The mission of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1976, is to educate and enrich the people of Middle Georgia through live professional symphonic music. Each season the orchestra performs a wide variety of classical concerts, pops and young people’s concerts. For more information about the Macon Symphony Orchestra, please visit maconsymphony.com or call 478/301-5300.
The holidays are often fertile ground for triggering stress. Yet when we intelligently manage our emotional reactions, we develop the resiliency to deal effectively with stressful situations. On the other hand, when those reactions are not intelligently managed, stress builds up and intensifies, making work – and life in general – problematic.
The focus of this seminar will be that of gaining skills in (1) Self-Awareness and (2) Self-Management. Managing stress is impossible if we aren’t aware of the triggers which generate our emotional reactions when they flare up. Self-management is about breaking old habits, reframing situations, and responding in ways that neutralize the stress. It is about learning to take ownership for proactively managing every difficult situation we encounter at work and in our personal lives.
Join us for this seminar as we learn to navigate the waters of holiday stress.
Prior to her life as CEO of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, Sheryl Towers spent twenty years as a corporate trainer and life coach. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and continues her training in that area having received certifications in stress management, life coaching, hatha yoga, and many other areas. She is the author of Seeds of Success: Nurturing the Greatness Within You, and has just completed her second book, Transforming Your Life.
at Macon Symphony Office
400 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201
Lunch provided by
Everyone loves a fascinating story! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a firsthand account of the story behind one of America’s most philanthropic families. Macon resident Beverly Knight Olson, daughter of Knight Foundation co-founder James L. Knight, will share the history of her forebears and their passion for journalism, education and community as she narrates the inspirational story of her own life. She will give glimpses of her early years growing up in Miami Beach in the 1950s as well as an account of the life-changing events that have shaped her search for purpose and meaningfulness in life.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. As a Knight Community, Macon has benefited tremendously from the generosity of the Knight Foundation. The Macon Symphony Orchestra is alligned with the Knight Foundation’s goal to “weave the arts into the fabric of Knight resident communities to engage and inspire the people living in them.”
Lunch provided by Georgia Power Company.
Admission: Tax-Deductible Donation of $40
Register Early — Seating is Limited