Music builds community. Now, more than ever, we need support from our community.  

These are difficult and uncertain times, and we would like to inform you of the activities under way to ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, our musicians, and the arts community of Niagara. We know you are missing the music you love, and the musicians, our small administrative staff and our Board of Directors want nothing more than to return to the concert hall to bring you great exceptional orchestral music once again.

Due to the rapidly evolving threat of COVID-19 in our community, physical distancing measures and venue closures have been extended for an unknown length of time necessitating the cancellation of all remaining 2019/2020 Season performances. These final seven cancelled concerts represented one third of our orchestral season for which we will no longer be receiving any ticket revenue. Many of you - our devoted patrons - have already donated your tickets 19/20 and we thank you for helping ensure the NSO continues to thrive in its 72nd season. Every contribution helps sustain the NSO during this unprecedented disruption to our regular operations.

Through your ticket purchases, donations, and contributions as a tax payer, you play an integral role in the success of the Niagara Symphony, and you deserve to know what we at the NSO are doing to address what could be a dire situation, but also, what you can do to help if you have means and capacity. With a large expected short fall, the Board of Directors of the Niagara Symphony has pledged at 100% to support the orchestra, and hope that you can lend your support as you are able as well. We are aware that you may have other demands and that there are a wide variety of community needs at this time, and we understand that you may be unable to contribute.

If you do have capacity, please consider a donation of any size to the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Our ability to continue our services to the community in future seasons is largely dependent on the generosity of our patrons and community partners over the next several months. With your support we can ensure a vital and thriving NSO. There is no donation too small to make a difference, and we will be creating a special acknowledgement for all who are able to contribute through this challenging time. It is our intent to resume performing for you this fall, and even if that is delayed, it’s our intent to provide you with exciting concerts and educational activities we have planned for the 20/21 season.

Thank you for your kind consideration. On behalf of the artists, staff and Board of Directors of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, we hope these times see all of you healthy and well.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Bradley Thachuk, Music Director 

Brent Harasym, Chair, Board of Directors

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Your Donation Supports:

Live Performances &  Guest Artists

  • Masterworks, POPS! & Family Concerts feature internationally acclaimed guest soloists alongside the musicians of your Niagara Symphony. You support means we can continue to present incredible concerts at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. 

Outreach Initiatives

  • We bring music beyond the concert hall and into the community with programs like the hands-on Instrument Petting Zoo, the NSO's Arts & Minds Wind Trio touring Niagara Region schools, and the NSO Story Quartet - soon to be touring Niagara Region Senior's Centres.  
  • Through partnerships with organizations like the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, Bethesda Services,  United Way, Niagara Health Foundation, and the Arts in Medicine initiative at the Walker Family Cancer Centre, the NSO is proud to facilitate a shared musical concert experience that can be inspiring and uplifting.

Education Programs 

  • Introductory music programs for all ages at Summer Music Camp, mentoring young musicians at The Academy@SMC, hosting masterclasses for students, lectures for seniors and service clubs - these programs are at the core of our commitment to providing music education in our community. 
  • The NSO opens doors to the arts, working with local elementary and high schools to share our knowledge and resources through classes, workshops, and concerts, and by creating opportunities for students to be featured in our Spotlight On! program,  or to perform alongside professional musicians of the orchestra! 

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