Just in: Airline gives $2.5 million to orchestra

Just in: Airline gives $2.5 million to orchestra


norman lebrecht

October 28, 2016

Delta, not the most musician-friendly of fliers, has donated a handsome $2.5m to help musicians in the Atlanta Symphony restore 11 permanent seats in the orchestra.

The gift takes the musicians’ appeal over the $25 million mark and will re-establish the ASO as a go-ahead ensemble.

Press release below.

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ATLANTA, October 28, 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 49thseason with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  



  • Larry says:

    Think what you want about Delta but this is a very, very generous gift.

  • BPJ says:

    Good news, and the main story is really in the second paragraph of the press release; the ASO finished this campaign nearly two years ahead of schedule: http://www.artsatl.com/breaking-news-aso-completes-25-million-campaign-musicians-years-early/
    This indicates fine work by the new management team, and substantial community support for the orchestra.

  • Lindsay says:

    They’re now officially cellist boycott-proof.

  • Laura Claycomb says:

    So now they can address their policies about carriage of instruments, right?