Note from the Board President
Dear friends and symphony aficionados:
Welcome to the 98th year of the longest running community orchestra in Wisconsin! Ninety-eight years ago, ships were no longer considered unsinkable (1912), though perhaps some of the Titanic passengers took solace in having enjoyed their first Oreo cookie, introduced that same year. By 1918, the Mona Lisa had been stolen (1911) and returned (1913), and Babe Ruth led the American League in home runs for the first time that year, hitting 11. Amidst all this, a small symphony was begun by Albert Koepke with conductor John Schmidt. Its 64 members performed for patrons who enjoyed their first performance at Zion Reformed Church.
Ninety-eight years later, the symphony sounds better than ever. Maestro Kevin McMahon has returned for his seventh season, ready to delight you with a heady mix of the traditional masters (Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms as well as composers chosen by you, our audience, during People’s Choice voting last season) and music from the present (movie favorites such as Narnia, Titanic, and The Hobbit as well as an original composition by Tony Memmel). Our new chorus director Fabian Qamar has revitalized the sixty member chorus and we look forward to their performance of the timeless classic Messiah, some movie music, and the second installment of operatic music in spring.
We continue to grow our future performers and audience members by supporting our Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony, now up to 125 members. We welcome our new Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra Director Michael Lund Ziegler who just finished his Masters in Orchestral Conducting at Ball State, as well as the new Sinfonia Director Fabian Qamar. Please consider stopping by for a performance, you will not leave disappointed!
We, the Board of Directors of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, are grateful to you, our audience, for your ongoing support of this cultural phenomenon. While ticket sales do help to support our yearly budget, we remain necessarily dependent on your contributions to balance the budget. To our past donors, thank you, thank you, thank you! As we count down to our centennial birthday, please help us to ensure that the music plays ever on by continuing or (dare I say) increasing your financial support of the SSO. Perhaps you may consider an early birthday gift in the form of individual donations or concert sponsorships to ensure our continued success.
As Leopold Stokowski once said, “A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence.” This season, as the lights dim and Maestro McMahon raises his baton; I invite you to revel in the anticipation of the masterpiece to come.
All the best,