SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY – The Results of Fiscal Year 2008

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) posted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2008, SFS President John D. Goldman announced at the Symphony’s 2008 Annual Meeting, held in Davies Symphony Hall. Symphony officials also highlighted the organization’s recent artistic accomplishments and community initiatives, and welcomed five new board members.

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MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, Conductor – DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Reviewing the year’s accomplishments, SFS Executive Director Brent Assink acknowledged the continued support and generosity of the San Francisco Bay Area community. Assink said that although the economic outlook is uncertain, the SFS is dedicated to maintaining the artistic excellence of its concerts and commitment to education and service in its community.

“All members of the Symphony family gratefully acknowledge the extraordinary generosity and commitment of our loyal audiences, donors and supporters during the last year, and for the last several years,” Assink said. “We are extremely grateful for their attendance and financial support. It’s their commitment that helps us achieve artistic excellence in our musical presentations, as well as making possible programs like ADVENTURES IN MUSIC, which brings music to every first through fifth-grader in San Francisco public schools each year.”

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BRENT ASSINK, SF Symphony Executive Director

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RON GALLMAN, Director of Education, SFS

Mr. Assink went on to say, “Although both the Annual Fund and ticket sales remain strong, we believe it is only prudent to adjust expenses in the current year as much as possible to help promote long term financial stability. We have put measures in place to do so, without changing any previously announced programs or reducing our commitment to education or service to the community. The Symphony has long engaged in thoughtful long-range financial planning, and we have adjusted our most recent plans for future seasons to take into consideration the possible longer-term impact of the economy. Our guiding principles continue to be that artistic excellence and service to the community will not be affected, and that experiences with the San Francisco Symphony continue to be of the highest quality.”

On an annual operating budget of $63.6 million, the preliminary un-audited financial results for the 2007-08 season reflect an operating surplus of $36,000. The SFS achieved the surplus by growth in contributed revenue and maintaining rigorous expense controls, according to Mr. Assink.

Artistic accomplishments and highlights of the San Francisco Symphony’s 2007-08 season include two high-profile orchestra tours, one of European festivals and a national U.S. tour, and the release of a recording of DAS KLAGENDE LIED, part of the Symphony’s ongoing Mahler recording cycle for its own in-house label SFS Media. The Orchestra also made a live recording of DAS LIED VON DER ERDE featuring Thomas Hampson and Stuart Skelton for release in 2008. The SFS performed the world premiere of Three Asteroids by MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE, as well as two West Coast premieres.

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THOMAS HAMPSON and STUART SKELTON – Live recording, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

The San Francisco Symphony also continued to be a leader in community and educational engagement, through the acclaimed tour of Europe by the SFS YOUTH ORCHESTRA and the SFS’ nationally acclaimed in-school music education program ADVENTURES IN MUSIC (AIM). AIM, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, is a free, comprehensive music education program that introduces every first- through fifth-grade child in the San Francisco Unified School District to music from around the world. The Symphony also continued its educational concerts for young people and families through CONCERTS FOR KIDS and MUSIC FOR FAMILIES, and maintained its award-winning music website for kids, SFSKIDS.com. The SFS’ Keeping Score project, which encompasses a national public television and radio series; an innovative website, KEEPING SCORE, to explore and learn about music; documentary and live performance DVDs; and an education program for K-12 schools to further teaching through the arts by integrating classical music into core subjects, won a Peabody Award for its radio series, THE MTT FILES. The SFS filmed three episodes for the second Keeping Score television series, on composers Hector Berlioz, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Charles Ives. The series will air in fall 2009.

Newly elected to the Board of Governors were Courtenay Corrigan, Community Leader; Jeff Gennette, Chairman and CEO, Macy’s West; Marcela Medina, Vice President and General Manager, Univision; Anthony W. Miles, Former Director and Vice President, The Boston Consulting Group; Paula B. Pretlow, Senior Vice President, Capital Guardian Trust. Claire N. Barnes was elected for a one-year term as Chair of the Youth Orchestra. Elizabeth J. Folger was re-elected for a one-year term as Chair of the Volunteer Council.

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ADVENTURES IN MUSIC (AIM) is a sequential music education program designed specifically for San Francisco’s public elementary schools, in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District. AIM serves every student in every SFUSD elementary school, as well as a number of San Francisco’s independent and parochial schools – a total of more than twenty-two thousand schoolchildren. AIM is presented free of charge. The goal of AIM is to provide the elementary schoolchildren of the SFUSD with equal access to music education through an interdisciplinary program that integrates live music performances and related music-learning experiences with every classroom curriculum.

AIM is committed to introducing students to artistic excellence, increasing students’ abilities to perceive and comprehend music, and fostering an awareness of music in the context of everyday life. AIM was launched in 1988, the culmination of dialogue initiated by the San Francisco Symphony with the SFUSD, the purpose of which was to forge collaboratively a blueprint for a music education program specifically tailored to the needs of the district.

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NURJEHAN KHALIQUE, Principal, Sheridan Elementary School

“Adventures In Music brings my whole school together,” says NurJehan Khalique, Principal of Sheridan Elementary School. “It’s a very important part of the educational experience and I think we would be at a loss if we didn’t have it.”
Click here for further information: ADVENTURES IN MUSIC

Add these recordings by the San Francsico Symphony to your Classical Library. Click on the title to order on-line:
CD – Mahler: Das klagende Lied. Featuring Marina Shaguch (soprano), Thomas Moser (tenor), Sergei Leiferkus (baritone), and Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano).
CD – Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde. Featuring Thomas Hampson (baritone) and Stuart Skelton (tenor).

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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