Phoenix Symphony Announces the Centennial Challenge

Phoenix Symphony Announces the Centennial Challenge

4 Week Campaign to Raise $50,000 that will be matched by Anonymous donor 

            PHOENIX –  Arizona’s largest performing Arts organization, The Phoenix Symphony announced today the Centennial Challenge in celebration of Arizona’s 100-year existence and in support of the Symphony’s community outreach and education programs.    

            With the help of an anonymous donor, The Phoenix Symphony will have the ability to match every gift donated dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 for the Symphony Annual Fund. The Centennial Challenge will ensure that our Education Outreach programs continue to reach more than 65,000 students annually.  The Symphony is also forging ahead with new education programs that will provide research-driven results demonstrating the critical role music has on developing 21st century learning skills for students.  The challenge will run through February 29.

            “This wonderful gift demonstrates a deep commitment to the orchestra and the service it provides educating Arizona’s students through music,” said Jim Ward, Interim President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony.  “We are encouraged by the community’s support and value it places on the role of the Symphony in impacting the next generation of creative workforce.  It is our hope that this call to action will inspire others to invest in The Phoenix Symphony.”

            Donors wishing to see their dollars at work are invited to attend the Symphony for the Schools program on February 22 and 23.  10,000 school children from 71 schools around the Valley will celebrate Arizona’s 100th year of statehood in a centennial concert performed by The Phoenix Symphony.  The orchestra will perform Happy Birthday Arizona!, featuring songs inspired by the land, history and culture of our great state. Musical highlights include Grofe’s popular Grand Canyon Suite, Copland’s Hoe Down and Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever. The concert will also feature a performance by the Arizona School of Classical Ballet and artwork submitted by students from across the valley inspired by Arizona landscapes.

            To make a gift to the Symphony or for more information, contact Director of Development Loren Bouchard at 602-452-0425 or lbouchard@phoenixsymphony.org, or visit The Phoenix Symphony website www.phoenixsymphony.org.