The Lethbridge Symphony held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in their new home at Southminster United Church, and got the excitement for Season 56 rolling. In addition to electing new directors, and bidding farewell to some who have completed their terms, the board looked back on the successes of the 2015-2016 Season.

Outgoing President Sandy Brunelle was proud to complete her service on a high note. “We’re in the black!” Fundraising went well thanks to the generous gift of a $100,000 endowment by Jim Fisher, in memory of his late wife Beth. These funds were matched with donations to the organisation’s operations, and benefactors were generous.

More importantly, however, the Lethbridge Symphony experienced record audiences. Last year’s budget numbers were blown out of the water and the organisation is hoping to see the same support from the community this year. “This is encouraging to all of us, of course,” notes executive director Melanie Gattiker, “but particularly to our donors, who make such a healthy investment in what we do.”

Gattiker explains, “Being in the black is always every non-profit’s goal, and we’re pleased to say that because of such strong support from our community, as well as several years of hard work, we’ve restored our financial position. This is particularly exciting because it allows us to keep the music alive, but also look to the future. We look forward to continuing investments in our community, both for our annual operations as well as new projects.”

The Symphony’s next concert promises to be great family fun, with music ranging from Harry Potter to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, best known from the Mickey Mouse version. And of course, in honour of the occasion, everyone is encouraged to come in costume – even the orchestra!

Tickets for Series 2 – Trick or Treat range from $25 – $75, and are available anytime online or Monday through Friday, 1 – 5 PM by calling 403.328.6808 x 101. Both Compose Your Own and Curated Subscription packages are still available. Patrons aged 15 – 29 can sign up for Access Pass to receive further discounts, while those 14 and under who are accompanied by a paying adult may take advantage of the Children’s Pass discount program.