A letter from Artistic Director Eli Spindel

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Dear Friends,

This past Saturday the SOB capped off a year of music-making with a concert at a beautiful new venue in Fort Greene. In the middle of a snowstorm, a wonderful, attentive audience came out to hear the kind of program that they’ve come to expect from us: an incredibly moving recent work by Brooklyn composer Jacob Cooper paired with a 1736 work by Pergolesi performed with the same spirit of excitement and discovery as if the composer were sitting in the audience.

Our events over the past year were each exciting and original in their own way: A Fourth of July fireworks performance in front of thousands at the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium; guest appearances by internationally renowned soloists Tito Muñoz and Charles Neidich in a concert that drew an audience of 350–our largest ever at St. Ann’s; an open-air performance of Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece In C in Fort Greene Park; the world premiere of Chris Cerrone‘s beautiful High Windows–an SOB commission; collaborations with the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, the Toomai String Quintet, and the Brooklyn Art Song Society… We were busy in 2013.

The year ahead is shaping up to be just as exciting: In February we’ll be joined again by the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus to perform Handel’s epic Dixit Dominus. March brings our third annual String Theories concert with ISSUE Project Room when we’ll premiere four new works written specifically for the ensemble. And in May our excitement is twofold: we’re continuing to commission new works for orchestra, this time with composer Matt McBane, and we’re collaborating with the insanely talented students of Face the Music–a music program for kids that focuses exclusively on the work of living composers.

Your support is what makes all of these programs possible. We work hard to fulfill our mission of presenting smart, adventurous programs at a price that everyone can afford (usually $15 or less), but that also means that ticket income doesn’t pay all our bills. Your support opens doors for us to continue to grow in new and exciting directions.

All of us at the SOB warmly invite you to join our efforts in 2014 and beyond by making a tax-deductible donation this holiday season.

$20 helps us to keep ticket prices low for our community
$50 allows us to purchase targeted online marketing for one of our events
$100 rents us space for one rehearsal
$200 pays for an injury-prevention workshop for our players
$300 secures the performance rights for a 20th/21st century work under copyright
$400 pays a videographer to immortalize one of our concerts
$500 rents us the percussion instruments we need to play the really massive stuff
$1,000 allows us to play at a new, exciting venue
$2,000 helps to commission a new piece by an emerging composer
$5,000 funds a series of educational concerts in NYC schools
$10,000 pays for the creation of a studio album

As a musician-run, all-volunteer ensemble, we guarantee that every donation made to the SOB is invested in new, forward-thinking programming and exciting collaborations within Brooklyn. Every dollar helps magnify the contributions of our players, friends, and colleagues who believe in this young and talented ensemble.

Thank you for supporting the SOB; I hope you’ll help us continue to cultivate unique and accessible orchestral music in Brooklyn!

Happy Holidays,

Eli Spindel
Founder and Artistic Director

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