It is quite a pleasure and a privilege for me to assume the position of Chairman of the Board for the Washington Symphony Orchestra. It promises to be a whole new era for one of the most time-honored traditions in the nations capital. I am so pleased to be part the Symphony's long and proud history. With the help of some special friends we are putting together what will prove to be an entertaining and exciting and season.
There have been so many remarkable changes in just a few short months. I regret that Music Director Ulysses S. James has chosen to stay with the Mount Vernon orchestra, but we all understand his devotion to this orchestra and we wish him well. Our new resident conductor is a very familiar face to the WSO family, Julius P. Williams. Julius has built a substantial reputation as both a conductor and composer. We are so excited to have this chance to work with him again and explore all his multiple talents.
Along with our current staff, we have added some truly outstanding Board members that are listed on our new web site. In fact there are many new features on the new web site. I am constantly amazed at the level of support and assistance we receive from our corporate sponsors and volunteers. I would encourage you to become part of a truly remarkable team and sign up today to become an exceptional part of the symphony. I know you will enjoy the experience.
I wish to personally thank all the word class musicians and artists that have been involved with the symphony. We are looking forward to expanding our musical base with new additions joining the WSO.
I am deeply committed to our mission of spreading the power and beauty of great music to our community as well as create opportunities for our youth to experience the magnificence of symphonic music and to extend the influence of our great city's Official Symphony Orchestra.
We are glad you are joining us for concerts, and we invite you to be part of the Symphony family as a volunteer for one of our great programs. In the meantime, please become a supporter or patron of the WSO. For details go to the "Get Involved" part of our site where you can also learn more about all aspects of our program needs.
In the meantime thank you, and see you at the Symphony!