Good evening ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys.
Welcome to our second concert for 2017. It's wonderful to have you all here and share our performance of Beethoven's Choral Symphony with the Penrith City Choir, Warrimoo Chorale, Academy Singers and our four soloists.
I'm Therese Underwood and I have been President of the PSO for twelve months. I lead a vibrant and voluntary board and team of workers and musicians who have a mission to present classical music to you, our community, in our Joan.
We entertain you with well-known classics and introduce you to new and exciting works which expand and enlighten our experience of classical music. We have collaborated and developed a partnership with the Joan and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and in so doing we have formed the Penrith Strings. We are planning to develop a junior orchestra, with the intention of educating the musicians of the future, who live and go to school in our area. I hope some of you can come to the Penrith strings concert here tomorrow at 3 pm.
I would like to thank our donors and sponsors who help to maintain our viability in this competitive world with almost limitless choices of entertainment. We need your help to maintain our current and future programs.
Tonight, I'm launching our “Keep PSO Pulsing” campaign to attract donors. You will have found a blurb in your programs or will be handed one as you leave the concert hall tonight, giving you details about it. Think of the concept of crowd funding for a good cause - if everyone here tonight pledged to give $5 per month we would raise in excess of $24000 in one year to help us in our valuable work.
We are not having an interval tonight so we hope you can join us after the concert for a chat and a drink from the bar. I'd love you to come and say hello. You're our community and we value your opinions and input.
Thank you for your attention. I'll sit down now with my cello friends and the orchestra will tune-up before you welcome our conductor, Paul Terracini.