A special message from co-founders Kristin Lee and Andrew Goldstein:
When we started Emerald City Music just over a year ago, we wanted to provide a fresh experience of classical music. As young people who ourselves live and breathe classical music, creating a place where the art and audience collide means more new faces can discover this life-changing music.
In less than a year, we have made a real difference in people’s lives. I’d like to share just a few of the many comments we have received at performances:
"I've never heard classical music live before, and now I'll never stop looking for performances to go to. This was profound!" – Dan, Seattle
"I can't wait to be that top level donor in 10 or 20 years that gets to brag about seeing every incredible concert since this series got started! Bravo, again, Emerald City Music!" – Jamie, Seattle
"What a great concert! I was moved to tears... the emotion that flowed out of the performance just overwhelmed me. Thanks for setting up this new concert series!" – Mark, Olympia
Though the rewards of your community discovering classical music are priceless, there are real costs.
In order to successfully complete our first year of programming, we need to fund our next 3 concerts. We have just 6 weeks to raise $60,000.
But that’s only the beginning of the story.
We have been gifted the world-premier of a new composition written by John Luther Adams to be performed at Emerald City Music in September of 2017.
This may not be the first time you have heard the name John Luther Adams.
For a little background on how special this is, his “Become Ocean” premiered by the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall in June 2013. The work won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition and also inspired Taylor Swift to donate $50,000 to Seattle Symphony.
This is truly a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. Emerald City Music is just one of five classical music organizations across the United States that have come together to make this commission possible (Others include Lincoln Center in New York and Chamber Music Northwest in Portland). But we have to make it to our next season to make it a reality.
Simply put, the ongoing generosity of people like you means the difference between Emerald City Music continuing to be able to bring in internationally renowned talent to Olympia and Seattle or not.
So I ask…does this fresh experience of classical music matter to you? Do you feel a connection to this music? If so, there are 3 steps you can take today:
1. Buy your tickets for the upcoming concerts.
Our February 10th performance in Seattle sold out, with standing room only. Buying tickets now for both cities ensures that you won't miss any great music.
2. Invite a friend!
Most people hear about us through personal connections. Plus it is always more fun to enjoy music with others. Share posts on Facebook, or reach out to invite a co-worker!
3. Join our over 180 donors in supporting Emerald City Music.
No amount is too small. Donations range from $10 to over $10,000, and it all helps support this meaningful cause. If everyone reading donated just $50, the campaign would be over!
The benefits of the Emerald City Music classical experience can be summed up by one of our concert goers:
"I almost forgot how emotionally lifted and charged live music can make me feel. Kristin, Tara, Jay, Conor, and Michael reopened my eyes, ears, and heart last night in an up-close and intimate performance of Debussy, Ravel, Dutilleux, Ades, and Britten. Thank you, Emerald City Music for creating this series and for fostering an open, welcome, community-oriented atmosphere. I can't wait for the next show!" – Jon, Seattle
Something magical is happening here. With your support we will be able to continue to provide a unique music experience that touches hearts and minds.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you: