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January 25, 2021

Colorado Symphony Receives Substantial Anonymous Gift


Media Contact:
Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations
616.485.3913 (m) – 303.308.2477 (o)

Gift bolsters orchestra’s robust end-of-year fundraising efforts; CSA will continue to pay musicians and staff through June 2021  

Jan. 25, 2021 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony Association (CSA) is pleased to announce that they’ve received an anonymous substantial gift that will allow the organization to continue compensating its musicians and staff through June 2021 in addition to continued full coverage of healthcare benefits, despite the fact the orchestra cannot perform live.

The anonymous gift bolsters the CSA’s record end-of-calendar-year fundraising. In December alone, the CSA raised over $2.5 million in funds to be used in maintaining the ensemble and staff as preparations are made for post-health pandemic operations. That includes the anonymous gift.

Since the start of the 2021 fiscal year on July 1, 2020, the Colorado Symphony has raised over $4.1 million, making it possible to keep musicians and staff together over the past 10 months, and allowing the orchestra to bring symphonic music into countless homes across the world, while expanding critically needed education programs to be offered virtually for students throughout the Centennial State.

Additional fundraising effort highlights include a record-breaking Colorado Gives Day with $122,248.66 raised, the completion of a matching $50,000 challenge grant by The Butler Family Fund of The Denver Foundation, over $150,000 in ticket donations by generous patrons and subscribers from cancelled concerts, and surpassing the $300,000 mark for the Play On Recovery Fund.

“We’re incredibly grateful to this anonymous donor for this very generous gift,” said Jerome H. Kern, CEO and Chair of the Board of Trustees. “This significant donation will help maintain our operations as we continue to work towards the time when we can perform with audiences in Boettcher Concert Hall.”


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One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony Association is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization performing more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Currently led by Music Director Brett Mitchell, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. In its last fully operating year, the Colorado Symphony served nearly 233,000 people attending live performances at concert and non-traditional venues throughout Colorado’s Front Range. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit