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President's Message, Jean Felder

Despite all the challenges we are facing there are bright spots. The OCYS (Orange County Youth Symphony) has been able to hold small group in-person rehearsals for the string musicians. Last week the woodwind, brass and percussion musicians, who are not yet able to rehearse together, were treated to master classes from Kurt Curtis (Disneyland Band Head Conductor) and Cindy Ellis (Pacific Symphony Principal Flautist). Great care was taken to ensure that strict health protocols were followed. The master classes took place outside. The Committees members who have participated as volunteers have enjoyed the experience. In his presentation Kurt pointed out that after the Spanish Flu pandemic there was a great surge in music, in particular, the Jazz Age was born. He believes great things will happen again after this period passes.

Most Committees are holding their regular meetings via Zoom. It is amazing how far we have come. The meetings have become more and more relaxed and productive. There is also good news on the virtual youth programs front. Soon, we will be able to see the virtual Music Mobile. It will be sent to the Chairman and Group Presidents to show to their Committees. Sarah, with the help of the Music Education Committee, Marketing and others, has done a wonderful job. She is also developing virtual Musicians on Campus programs that will begin later this year. As always, our primary goal is to return to live in-person presentations as soon as possible.

You will soon be receiving a letter from Music4Kids. To be ready for our return to programs and concerts we need to raise funds. As you know all our offerings are given free of charge to students and schools. Please consider contributing to Music4Kids. The article that follows gives more details and the exciting news about matching funds.

We have some interesting events coming up:

There is another card making class presented by Sandi Campbell-McClain on November 17th that has a holiday theme. These classes have been very enjoyable. Thank you Sandi.

Saddleback Committee is presenting a wine tasting event led by a wine expert on November 19th. This virtual event will feature two Italian wines to be picked-up beforehand. It will also include outstanding opportunity prizes.

Santa Ana and Town and Country Committees have announced their event. The best-selling author Lisa See returns to talk about her new book, The Island of Sea Women, January 18th. This event is always so popular. Since it is virtual there is no limit to the amount of participants. Friends from out of state can even participate. There will be opportunity prizes and a silent auction as well.

To add a festive look to your home or to give as a gift, Kimberlee Martin is decorating pumpkins with succulents. They are beautiful and will last through the season. Best of all she will deliver them.

Tamales Anyone? An HHPC event features a variety of fresh tamales for pick-up on December 19th and 20th.

Information for all of the above events is included in this Overture.

No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving this year I hope you will find joy in connecting with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving.

Music4Kids Donation

The Music4Kids fund recently received some exciting news. We have been given a wonderful, anonymous matching donation of $25,000. Along with matching donations this will go a long way to rebuild this important fund. Read the full story here

Upcoming Events

Order Your Fall Pumpkin Arrangements

Order your fall pumpkin arrangements for delivery beginning October 1 - November 20. 15% will be donated to The Committees of the Philharmonic Society. See flyer for details.

Joy of Sharing Card Class

Join the Joy of Sharing card class via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, at 10 am! Please RSVP no later than November 7 to order your Joy of Sharing all-inclusive card kit. Your card kit includes everything that you will need to complete 15 cards. 15% of your purchase will be donated to support the Philharmonic Society's Youth Music Education Programs. See flyer for details.

Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Saddleback Valley Committee invites you to join us for A Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraiser supporting the Philharmonic Society’s Youth Music Education Programs on Thursday, November 19, at 6 pm. Featuring a tasting of Italian wines with Mitch Schroeder of Elena Walch Winery in Italy. Ticket $65 (per household). See flyer for details.

Holiday Tamale Fundraiser

Order tamales for the holidays! Funds collected benefit the Philharmonic Society's Youth Music Education Programs. Orders are due Monday, December 7. See flyer for details.

Virtual Literary Event with Lisa See

Santa Ana and Town and Country Committees invite you to SAVE THE DATE to join New York Times best-selling author Lisa See as she shares her background research, story, and insights at their Virtual Literary Fundraising Event, Coffee With The Author – Lisa See, on Monday, January 18, 2021. See flyer for details.

Committees News

Check Presentation Golf Ball Drop

Congratulations to the winners of our first Drone Golf Ball Drop! This exciting event was held at noon on Wednesday, September 23 at the Little Rec Golf Course in Long Beach. Our proceeds netted over $15,000! Read more here.

Tribute Fund

Donations to the Tribute Fund provide the opportunity to honor an individual's accomplishments, mark special occasions, or memorialize members, friends, or family. Funds are used to support the Philharmonic Society's Youth Music Education Programs.

In Loving Memory:

Paul Qaqundah
Husband of Member
Sharon McNalley

Douglas T. Burch Jr.
PSOC Board Member
Toni Sobel

Margaret Allen
Mother of Jeanie Gibson
HH Islander Committee

Music4Kids Fund

Music4Kids is a fund specifically designated for the support and expansion of the Philharmonic Society's Youth Music Education Programs.

Strings ($1,000+)

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