The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s (ASO) music education and concert activities have been given a significant boost thanks to the generosity of three new donors.
The Lang Foundation, the FWH Foundation and Roger and Helen Salkeld will give almost $300,000 over the next two to five years to support a range of ASO initiatives.
Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello, said the ASO was extremely grateful for the extraordinary generosity of these donors and delighted that they had committed their long-term support.
“It is the ASO’s goal to share the gift and the power of live music with people of all ages and from all walks of life,” Mr Ciccarello said.
“The support of these new donors will help us to achieve that goal,” he said.
Roger Lang, whose Lang Foundation has made a significant contribution to many South Australian organisations, said, “The ASO is a cornerstone in the cultural life of South Australia and fundraising is a vital part of balancing its budget and providing funding for future programs”.
“The Lang Foundation is pleased to be involved in assisting the orchestra,” Mr Lang said.
In a coup for the orchestra, and with the support of Roger and Helen Salkeld, the ASO will commission internationally-acclaimed composer and music educator Paul Rissmann to create two new musical works for children for the ASO’s Learning Program.
Paul Rissmann led the ASO’s Festivals of Learning and Participation in 2015 and 2016, which actively engaged with 7,000 students in music-making.
Having attended several ASO Learning Program concerts this year, Roger and Helen directly experienced the impact of music education on children.
“We know that music enhances both school and social life, and the learning experience of young minds,” they said.
“We see music education as fundamental to producing well-rounded young people able to deal with the increased pace of change in society.
“The possibility that a lack of funds would end Paul Rissmann’s involvement in this State prompted us to step in and offer to fund his program for the next two years. We saw our help as essential.”
Roger and Helen are also on the board of the FWH Foundation, which will provide support for staff to help expand the ASO’s Learning Program even further over the next two years.
Vincent Ciccarello said the ASO’s comprehensive Learning Program for schools and families directly touches the lives of more than 14,000 children each year.
“Roger and Helen’s generosity will substantially increase the ASO’s learning activities and make a tangible contribution to music education in this state. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”
The new philanthropic partners follow another major financial gift announced in July 2016 from Dr Sing Ping Ting to boost the ASO’s China engagement initiatives.