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McLean Orchestra Continues ‘$40,000 for the 40th’ Campaign

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the McLean Orchestra, Wayne Winston Sharp, President of the Board of Trustees, announced a Spring Campaign to raise "$40,000 for the 40th" by the end of the season on June 30. Sharp noted that this will place the orchestra in a stronger financial position to help underwrite live classical music performances, made possible by the orchestra’s 85 professional musicians. The McLean Orchestra has been offering these concerts to growing audiences throughout the Greater McLean Community since 1971.

Two McLean Orchestra Trustees, who serve on the Executive Committee, established a $10,000 challenge grant to raise the first $20,000. Sharp announced that the remaining members of the Board of Trustees have met that challenge, securing 50 percent of the Spring Campaign goal.

Building on that level of personal commitment, the McLean Orchestra Board of Trustees would like to challenge the Northern Virginia Arts Community and the supporters of the McLean Orchestra and the McLean Youth Orchestra, to help match the first $20,000 and reach the goal of "$40,000 for the 40th."

According to Executive Director, John Huling, "Early this summer we will be concluding a two-year search for a new Music Director. During the past two seasons we have presented to our musicians and our audiences six talented and highly regarded conductors, both on the local and national stage. This challenge grant to raise $40,000 will put us in a stronger position to begin our new era with our new Music Director, beginning next fall with our 41st season, ‘A Season of Imagination.’ More exciting details about our next season will be announced early this summer."

Concert tickets only cover a portion of the expense of the performances. Thus, concert sponsorships, ranging from $500 for the popular post-concert "Champagne and Cake" receptions, to the "Exclusive Concert Sponsor" at $10,000, are a key source of underwriting, offering local businesses and donors public recognition and special benefits.

To show appreciation to those who help achieving the goal of "$40,000 for the 40th," contributors of $500 and above will be featured on the McLean Orchestra website and invited to a VIP post-concert reception at the opening Gala Concert of "A Season of Imagination." For more information about the ways to support campaign, contact the office of the McLean Orchestra at 703-893-8646, email to exec@mclean-orchestra.org or visit the website at www.mclean-orchestra.org/support-us.