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Dear Family and Friends of the BSO,

As we navigate an unprecedented period of time for the world, our country, and the BSO during the summer of 2020, we welcome you to this reflection on an extraordinary year for the BSO in 2018-2019.

There was so much joy and celebration of the BSO last year! We opened the stunningly beautiful Linde Center for Music and Learning, perfectly situated on our Berkshires campus, and launched the innovative Tanglewood Learning Institute. We expanded our reach and horizons through collaborations with longstanding and new partners, and artists in Boston, the Berkshires and globally.

We inspired and delighted audiences through our Symphony Seasons, Pops Concerts, and Tanglewood Festival all performed at the exceptional standard of excellence for which the BSO is known around the world. And, through the Tanglewood Music Center, we nurtured the development of the world’s most promising orchestral musical talent. Yet, it would be fair to say that this just scratches the surface.

Alongside all that happened at Symphony Hall and the Hatch Shell; in the Shed and at Ozawa Hall; in practice rooms and in the recording studio; other important institutional efforts were underway. We continued to grow and evolve our Boards of Trustees and Advisors and to form new bonds with generous volunteers, supporters and friends. Paired with our exceptionally talented artistic leadership, players, staff and volunteers, these relationships were essential factors in the BSO’s accomplishments and impact in 2018-2019.

The commitment, leadership and generosity of our amazing, multi-faceted BSO family is a defining strength. We continue to call on that strength and commitment as we move forward together.

With deep gratitude,

Susan W. Paine
Chair, Board of Trustees

Mark Volpe
Eunice and Julian Cohen President and CEO

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