FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 12, 2016
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REDLANDS SYMPHONY CELEBRATES MAESTRO JON ROBERTSON AT A DINNER HONORING HIS 33 YEARS OF SERVICE
Jon Robertson Legacy Endowment Campaign Exceeds Goal - $1.12 Million
REDLANDS, CA -- Jon Robertson, who has served for 33 years as Music Director and Conductor of the Redlands Symphony, was celebrated by family, friends, musician colleagues and long-standing symphony patrons at a dinner at the Redlands Country Club on Sunday, April 10.
“This is an historic night,” said Master of Ceremonies Dave Maupin, Chair of the Redlands Symphony Board of Directors. “We are gathered here to honor and celebrate the legacy of Jon Robertson as he prepares to leave our orchestra after 33 years. I don’t need to tell anyone in this room about the great contribution Jon has made to our orchestra, our organization and our community.”
The evening was filled with praise and pranks as past board presidents, Maestro Robertson’s family and a representative of the musicians took the podium to say “thank you” and share remembrances from the conductor’s more than three decades on the podium in Redlands. Among the speakers were Dr. Ralph Kuncl, President of the University of Redlands; Jeanne Skrocki, Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra; Phillip Doolittle, Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration/CFO of Brandman University; Paul Ideker, President & CEO of the Redlands Symphony Association; Ann Bryan, Bruce Satzger and Zack Tucker, all former Presidents of the symphony board; and Christopher Bradish, a current symphony board member who, along with Mrs. Skrocki and vocalist Elizabeth Chan, presented a special performance in the Robertson’s honor.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement that the Symphony’s Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign – a $1 million endowment effort to honor Maestro Robertson – had exceeded its original goal. Campaign Chair Dr. James Appleton made the announcement, saying, “We should have brought bugles and drums tonight, because with the help of 85 of your Redlands friends and family, with leadership gifts from Dr. Joan Coggin, Vaughn and Ann Bryan, the Quest Foundation, Robin and David Maupin and the Intersec Foundation, and with gifts from other symphony board members, the Jon Robertson Legacy Fund, as of tonight, totals $1,118,371.”
Dr. Appleton went on to say, “This fund respects what you have helped us build, and you can rest assured that the Symphony Board will continue to insist on quality music, education programs for youth, a balanced budget, and endowment growth in the years ahead that will honor your legacy and the musicians you have led for all these years.”
At the end of the program, Robertson, who was introduced to the audience by his daughters, Sabine Robertson-Phillips and Berangere Robertson-Tucker, shared personal stories from his conducting career and gave special thanks to his wife, Florence, for supporting his “passion and dream of becoming a conductor.”
“Florence really played a major role in starting me on the road to Redlands Symphony,” Robertson explained. “It has been a wonderful journey. I am so proud of our orchestra and grateful to all of you, my friends and patrons, for your love and support over these past 33 years. My great joy will be to see you continue to support this fine orchestra, something we are all passionate about and want to see live on. Thank you all.”
Jon Robertson will conduct the Redlands Symphony for one final performance on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. The concert begins at 8 PM. Maestro Robertson will present a pre-concert talk beginning at 7:15 PM. Tickets are available at www.redlandsymphony.com or by calling (909) 748-8018.
MAESTRO JON ROBERTSON was honored for his 33 years as Music Director and Conductor of the Redlands Symphony at a dinner at the Redlands Country Club on Sunday, April 10. 150 friends, family members and long-standing patrons gathered to thank the conductor for his years of service to the orchestra and the community. Highlighting the dinner was the announcement that the Redlands Symphony’s Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign has exceeded its goal by raising $1,118,371 in endowment funds that will support the conductor chair and music education programs. Robertson will conduct the Redlands Symphony for one final performance on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. The concert begins at 8 PM. Maestro Robertson will present a pre-concert talk beginning at 7:15 PM. Tickets are available at www.redlandsymphony.com or by calling (909) 748-8018.