An anonymous good Samaritan has stepped up to pay $2 million so that the Colorado Symphony can pay employees’ salaries and health insurance through the summer of 2021.

The Colorado Symphony usually has a grueling schedule packed with live shows and live movie scores, but all of this has been on hold for most of the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It had been hoped that the symphony will be able to pay its employees until outdoor shows can begin in the summer, and possibly indoor performances in the fall.

Since last summer, the Colorado Symphony has raised over $4.1 million, making it possible to keep musicians and staff together over the past ten months. This has also allowed the orchestra to bring symphonic music into peoples’ homes all over the world, while also expanding critically needed education programs to be offered virtually for students throughout the Centennial State.

“We’re incredibly grateful to this anonymous donor for this very generous gift,” said Jerome H. Kern, CEO and Chair of the Board of Trustees. “This significant donation will help maintain our operations as we continue to work towards the time when we can perform with audiences in Boettcher Concert Hall.”

“The Colorado Symphony, like many performing arts organizations and other entities around the country, are in a fight for their lives as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper a return to normal operations,” added publicity and community relations manager Nick Dobreff. “In response, audiences, donors, and philanthropic supporters have given back in record numbers, helping the Colorado Symphony Association (CSA) to an end of year giving campaign success story, the likes of which the organization has never seen before.”

“As the orchestra embarks on what will be another year of challenges, we remain determined to fulfill our mission of bringing live symphonic music to patrons across the state and preserving this art form for generations to come,” Dobreff concluded.

Given all of the darkness of this past year, people need music in their lives more than ever. God bless this anonymous donor for making sure that the music will continue for a long time to come.

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