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June 16, 2005

San Jose Symphony Foundation (Makes Grants -- Excerpts)

San Jose Symphony Foundation today issued its first grants in its role as a private foundation…A grant of $29,100 was issued to Symphony Silicon Valley and the Foundation becomes the Podium Sponsor for the Symphony.  A grant of $7,300 was issued to San Jose Youth Symphony and the Foundation becomes the Sponsor of the Youth Symphony's annual Young Artist Competition.

"Our mission is to promote through our grants classical orchestral music, both performances and education, in the San Jose metropolitan area," said Foundation President Christopher Greene.  "Classical music has been an important part of our community for well over a century.  As the only remaining entity with the San Jose Symphony name, we are thrilled to continue that tradition through our grants to these two outstanding organizations that bring so much to San Jose," Greene continued.

"In true Silicon Valley fashion, we have seen a remarkable rebirth of classical music in San Jose in recent years," Greene added.  "Symphony Silicon Valley is performing at a highly professional level, as these wonderful musicians always have.  That San Jose Youth Symphony picked up where the old Symphony's youth orchestra left off…is nothing short of amazing. …With these two fine organizations now performing in the spectacular California Theatre, listening to classical orchestral music has never been more thrilling in San Jose than it is today," Greene stated.

"This is a wonderful affirmation of Symphony Silicon Valley's place in our community," stated Symphony President Andrew Bales.  "We are excited to extend our successful musician chair sponsorship program with the San Jose Symphony Foundation as our Podium Sponsor for guest conductors," he added.  Symphony Chair Peter Cartwright noted, "Each concert, each program, more attendees cross the line from being curious to being fans of our players.  The Foundation's support is a solid bridge to the long and honored history of classical music in San Jose."

…San Jose Symphony Foundation was established in 1973 as an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting San Jose Symphony…until (SJS's) closure in October 2001.  The Foundation now carries forward that heritage through its annual grants.  To insure independent governance of the Foundation's assets and grant awards, there are no overlapping fiduciaries – either board or management – with its grant recipients.

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