Our 2017 Season is Here!

 June, 2017
 
To the members and supporters of the Sonoma Classical Music Society,
 
The Board of the Sonoma Classical Music Society has been privileged to provide great classical music to Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley, and beyond during the past 13 years.  Among the many performers who graced our stages were the Alexander String Quartet, Nigel Armstrong, Musica Pacifica, the Cypress String Quartet, the Saint Petersburg String Quartet, Anastasia Dedik, Slavyanka Russian Chorus, and many more.  We heard the late Beethoven quartets, Pictures at an Exhibition, Schubert’s string quintet and the Death and the Maiden quartet, Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and Kreutzer Sonata, quartets from Shostakovich, Mozart, Britten, Haydn, and many more great works. We want to thank you for your patronage, encouragement, and support. 
 
Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.”  The Board of the Classical Music Society has decided to cease operations and not plan a 2018 season.  We took this decision after carefully considering all the alternatives.  There are several reasons why we took this course of action.
 
First, over the past three years, our average attendance per concert has fallen significantly.  Performers who once drew 250+ were now drawing 125; performers who once drew 150+ were now drawing 75; performers who once drew 120 were now drawing 60.  As a result, our losses per concert became increasingly high, ranging from a loss of from $2,000 to $5,000 per concert.  These losses became unsustainable.
 
Secondly, we were unable to attract new Board members. Significant effort is required to plan and execute 4 - 5 concerts a year, and with no new blood on the Board, and young blood at that, we  couldn’t see how we could sustain a viable organization.
 
Finally, we were not able to attract continuing and sustaining donors who could provide us with sufficient funding to attract world class artists and to cover all our additional concert expenses.  You have all helped us significantly during our 13 year run, for which we are extremely grateful, but we could not see a way to continue going forward.  Any remaining funds in the Society’s account will be donated to the Vintage House Senior Center, Sonoma.
 
Again, thank you for your support and encouragement.  We certainly hope our legacy will be positive, and we hope that live classical music will again thrive in Sonoma in the future.
 
Best regards,
 
John Coulston
for the Sonoma Classical Music Society

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