Three-Year-Old Symphony Silicon Valley Adds Endowment, Choir

Classic Arts News   Three-Year-Old Symphony Silicon Valley Adds Endowment, Choir
Symphony Silicon Valley, which was created in 2002 after the demise of the San Jose Symphony, will open its fourth season with an endowment, a choir, and a balanced budget, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The orchestra has created ties with an existing 80-member community choir that until recently was connected to San Jose State University. The group, now called the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, will perform in four SSV programs next year.

The $1 million endowment is courtesy of board member John Griffin, a local developer, and his wife Hazel. "I believe that cultural activities need to have endowment to service," Griffin told the paper. "Hopefully we can build ours into a $10 million endowment. Nobody likes to be the first one to give, but somebody had to bite the bullet."

The endowment will provide annual revenue of $50,000 to the orchestra, according to its president, Andrew Bales.

Bales also announced that the SSV had balanced its $1.8 million budget, thanks in part to strong attendance in the orchestra's first season at the newly renovated California Theatre.

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