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Delta Air Lines Pledges $2.5 Million to Musicians’ Campaign

Thursday, October 27, 2016 

The Delta Air Lines Foundation Pledges to Contribute $2.5 Million To The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Endowment Campaign


Atlanta, Ga. (October 27, 2016) –  The Delta Air Lines Foundation has pledged to make a $2.5 million contribution to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians’ Endowment Fund, helping the Orchestra reach an ambitious $25 million goal to permanently endow 11 musician positions in the Orchestra.


The Delta Air Lines Foundation gift completes the Musicians’ Endowment Campaign nearly two years ahead of schedule. The Orchestra committed to increase endowment funding to restore 11 positions to the Orchestra by 2018. To date, more than $25 million in funds have been committed to the Musicians’ Endowment Fund and nine musicians have joined the Orchestra over the past year. The two newest members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are Samuel Schlosser, Principal Trombone, and Gina Hughes, piccolo and flute. Auditions are ongoing and additional positions will be announced as they are filled.


To recognize the generous gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Principal Tuba Chair, held by Michael Moore, will be endowed and named The Delta Air Lines Chair. The named chair is a fitting tribute to Moore, who is celebrating his 49th season with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

“Delta Air Lines and The Delta Air Lines Foundation have been extraordinary partners to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for many years, both giving generously and supporting the Orchestra in a myriad of ways,” said Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “We are profoundly grateful to The Delta Air Lines Foundation for this transformational gift to the Musicians’ Endowment Campaign, which will help lift the Orchestra into a new era of artistic vitality and service to the community.”


“Congratulations to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on completing their campaign, which will help ensure that this important cultural institution continues its work for many years to come,” said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines and trustee of The Delta Air Lines Foundation. “Reaching this goal demonstrates the momentum of the arts community in Atlanta, and Delta is proud to be part of that effort.”


The Musicians’ Endowment Fund was launched in Dec. 2014, as a key component of the Woodruff Arts Center’s $100 million Transformation Campaign. The Transformation Campaign, one of the largest fundraising efforts in the Arts Center’s history, is designed to dramatically increase endowments, renovate The Alliance Theatre and provide greater access to the arts for families.


“The Musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are delighted by the generous support demonstrated by the completion – two years early – of the $25 million Musicians’ Endowment Campaign. Restoring 11 critical positions to the Orchestra is the first milestone in guaranteeing that this great Orchestra will continue to provide the city of Atlanta and our state an internationally renowned level of musical artistry,” said Danny Laufer, President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association. “We are truly grateful for the wonderful efforts of our individual donors, corporations, foundations and the leadership of the ASO and the Woodruff Arts Center in attaining this goal. This is a reassuring signal that the rebuilding of our Orchestra is on the right path towards a brighter future. We look forward to continued growth in securing both our financial stability and artistic excellence for years to come.”

Delta Air Lines is the presenting sponsor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.


About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating its 72nd season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artist features and engaging education initiatives. As a cornerstone for artistic development in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a full schedule of more than 150 concerts, including educational and community concerts, each year for a combined audience of more than half a million.


About the Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Ga. is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast. One of the only arts venues in the United States to offer both visual and performing arts on a single campus, The Woodruff produces outstanding theater, music and exhibitions for nearly one million patrons each year. Through the combined efforts of the Alliance, the ASO and the High, The Woodruff also offers remarkable educational programming, with approximately 200,000 students taking part annually, making The Woodruff the largest arts educator in Georgia.

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