President & CEO
Throughout history, the arts have helped humanity translate experiences when words alone do not suffice. The arts have been, and continue to be, present when we need them the most. Orchestral music and Opera hold a moment in time and tell rich and moving stories that resonate with new and long-time listeners alike. Music is in our collective past, present, and future.
During this unique time in our history, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera has found creative ways to continue connecting our community through great music. Your support helped us initiate safely distanced live performances from September through November, pivot to streamed performances when our venues were closed to live audiences in December, and create new online music education offerings distributed throughout our state in collaboration with the Utah Education Network. This moment will reaffirm that, even (perhaps especially) in times of turmoil, we all recognize the importance of preserving our access to the arts. This season would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of the community leaders and donors recognized in the donor pages of this program.
Another important pillar of our community has stepped forward to help us deepen and broaden our support to ensure that USUO can continue to create great music well into the future. All new and increased contributions received through May 1, 2021, were matched 1:1 by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. With this announcement, the Foundation Trustees express optimism for a bright future filled with uplifting musical experiences, and encourage the community at large to participate with them in supporting Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. We are grateful to everyone who helped us achieve the full amount of the offered match.
While our world has changed, the power of music and its vital place in our lives has not. Thank you for joining us today to demonstrate the importance of USUO in your life.