President’s Letter – October 2013

Dear Friends,

Welcome! The party’s in full swing as we kick off our 23rd season, which promises to be one of our most unique and most exciting yet!

This season, we’ll load the banquet table with cherished favorites and also slip in a few surprises that we hope you’ll love.

First, we’ll begin our 2013-2014 season–and mark an important birthday–with a selection of treats from Verdi, perhaps the most celebrated and widely known operatic composer of all time. Verdi turns 200 this year, and we think his timeless music remains a terrific soundtrack to any party. And, we’re so pleased to welcome some of opera’s greatest rising stars to help us celebrate. Our esteemed soloists are joined by our own hometown talent, the Eastern High School Choirs, a spirited and talented group of young men and women whom I’m sure will bring a lot of life to the party.

In December, we’ll celebrate the holidays with our first-ever Holiday Concert, featuring a selection of holiday favorites for the entire family. The celebration will be topped by a special visit from the very talented Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria on the legendary Sesame Street. We are thrilled that Sonia is able to join us for our holiday party, and thank Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang for sharing their friend with us during this very special afternoon.

A holiday party wouldn’t be quite complete without music, and we’re pleased to again welcome Candy Maxwell and the Whitman Elementary School Chorus to our stage. Special thanks to the Washington Township Education Foundation for helping to make the chorus’ visit possible.

The party continues into 2014 with “Medieval Romance” on February 23, featuring the works of Weber, Vaughan Williams and Bruckner. Their stories of love and loss–conjuring images of all manner of passion, intrigue, jealousies, rivalries and boundless joy—are perfect to warm up a cold winter afternoon!

On May 4, we’ll celebrate Mother’s Day with our Spring Concert, “All in the Family.” This very special concert will include the much-loved works of Mozart and Tchaikovsky. We’ll also present two incredibly talented soloists—the icing on our cake—rising star Sean Lee on violin, and the multi-talented violist William Frampton, son of Philharmonic principal bassoonist Martha Frampton and an acclaimed musician in his own right.
Whether you’re new to the Philharmonic, or are joining us after many seasons, we welcome you, sincerely and heartily. We hope you’ll love the new things we’re trying, and enjoy the party!

As always, we thank you for coming, and we thank you for your always-generous support. Keep in touch!

All the best,

Tricia M. McCunney-Thomas
President, Board of Directors
Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey