CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF GREAT CHAMBER MUSIC
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING OUR NEXT SEASON
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Music at Oakmont’s 2020-’21 season will not take place, due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. As we struggled to find a less drastic solution, it became apparent to most experts that the current virus spike is part of a first wave, and that there will likely be a second wave in the fall. Because of the unpredictability of the virus and the lack of a safe, effective vaccine, we have reluctantly determined that a season’s hiatus is our only prudent course of action.
Most of us in Oakmont are in a very high-risk age group for the virus, and because of the above variables, there cannot be any realistic prediction as to the reopening of Berger Center. When Berger does reopen, we do not know what restrictions will be in place to safeguard our health. These may well include masks and social distancing, as well as limits on the number of people allowed to be present.
Rather than simply cancel the 2020-’21 season, we are hoping to postpone it to 2021-’22, rescheduling all of the concerts if possible. We have already had one commitment, and we are working on the remaining five. We will make excellent replacement(s) where necessary. If you have already purchased your 2020-’21 season pass, it will be honored in 2021-’22, and passes will also be available at the October 21, 2021 opening concert.
2020 DONOR DRIVE
Since our normally two-month Donor Drive was shortened by half because of the cancellation of our April ’20 performance, our 2020 donor intake has also been cut in half. Admission receipts cover only about half our annual expenses (artists’ fees plus ongoing fixed expenses—the staff is entirely volunteer). It is essential that we are prepared financially to move forward following our hiatus. If you didn’t yet donate in 2020, we would very much appreciate your doing so if you are able. Many thanks to those who have contributed so generously already, and we thank in advance those who can do so now or in the near future. Donation checks should be made out to “Oakmont Community Foundation” with “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line, and mailed to Oakmont Community Foundation, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa CA 95409. As always, we are most grateful to the Foundation for partnering with us.
Music at Oakmont’s mission remains to bring nationally and internationally recognized musicians of the highest professional caliber to Oakmont, while keeping admission reasonable so as to be welcoming to as many as possible. We plan to keep in touch with you, our wonderful audience, with occasional E-blasts during the hiatus. If you’re not already on our email list and would like to be (we don’t share our list with anyone), please call Judy Walker, at 537-9266. We look forward immensely to seeing you once again in person. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy!
Music at Oakmont takes place in the beautiful northern California retirement community of Oakmont, in the scenic wine country of Sonoma Valley. Chamber music concerts by world-class performers are presented during our season which runs from October through May of each year. The series is managed by a small group of dedicated and expert Oakmont resident volunteers who are committed to providing the very best in live classical music for an affordable admission price. The difference between ticket revenue and the actual cost of the performances comes from generous donors and corporate sponsors. Concerts are open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests.
Building on the vision of former Oakmont resident Bob Hayden, Music at Oakmont is a fully professional concert series, attracting top-rated players and their managements not only from the San Francisco Bay Area but also from major US and international cities. Concerts take place in Berger Center in Oakmont, which boasts an excellent Yamaha concert grand piano.
Bios of artists and program notes appear in the Oakmont News during the month before each concert, as well as in email notifications.
Next concert: TBA
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