May 22, 2016
Dear Friend of the Symphony:
Pete Seeger used King Solomon’s words in his song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in the late 1950’s, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose . . .” And Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in his poem Troilus and Criseyde that “All good things must come to an end.”
And so it is with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. After a great history of providing orchestral concerts and entertainment to the Middletown area since 1942, the Symphony Board of Directors has unanimously made the decision to close the curtain on the orchestra and end our musical programs in May of 2017 at the end of the 2016/2017 concert season.
Although a decision of this nature never comes easily, the fact is that there are many choices and much competition for an individual’s time and financial resources today, and we certainly took that into consideration.
The good news is that we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary year as an orchestra and Carmon DeLeone’s 35th year as conductor in the upcoming 2016/2017 season, and we are planning to make it a wonderful celebration of the past 75 years of music in Middletown!
Even more so, the spirit of the Middletown Symphony will live on in a legacy endowment fund that the Board will establish at the Middletown Community Foundation at the end of next season. That legacy endowment will provide funding in perpetuity for musical endeavors in the Middletown area such as Youth Symphony and scholarships for those pursuing education in music.
Thank you for the past 75 years and the part that you have played in it. Please plan to help us celebrate next season by attending the concerts and continuing your financial support. Then we can all share in the joy of our 75 years, Carmon’s 35, and in the pride of our legacy endowment fund for the future of music in the Middletown area.
Stephen J. Ifcic
President of the Board