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Friday, February 20, 2009

19th Annual Symphony Lovers' Ball - Most Successful Ever!

The 19th Annual Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball ĺ─ý

Most Successful Ever!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony announces that the 19th Annual Symphony Lovers' Ball held on Thursday, February 12th, 2009, in the Pacific Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was the most successful ever, thanks in great part to the critical support of our sponsors in Vancouverĺ─˘s corporate community! We are thrilled to report that this event netted $620,000 to VSO operations.

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Christopher Gaze, Vancouverĺ─˘s very own Bard, more than 400 guests enjoyed an evening inspired by the remarkable achievements of this past year: winning a GRAMMY and a JUNO award, the Raymond James Beethoven Festival (all nine of Beethovenĺ─˘s symphonies performed chronologically), the Wall Centre Brahms Festival (all four of Brahms symphonies performed chronologically, as well as all of his concertos), and the VSOĺ─˘s triumphant Asia-Pacific Tour to China, South Korea, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau. Later this season, commencing May 1st, the VSO will also tour Eastern Canada, making stops in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa.

ĺ─˙The entire Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball Committee is so proud to support the VSO,ĺ─¨ said Maria Menten, Volunteer Chair of the Loversĺ─˘ Ball Committee. ĺ─˙To have raised more than ever before is especially thrilling given todayĺ─˘s economic climate. It really speaks to the understanding of the VSOĺ─˘s value as a pillar of our community, and a cultural pillar of our society. We couldnĺ─˘t be happier!ĺ─¨

Vancouver Symphony Society Chair, Arthur Willms stated, ĺ─˙Thanks to our extraordinary volunteers, dedicated sponsors and generous attendees, this yearĺ─˘s Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball was a particular triumph. Not only did we raise more money than ever before in benefit our communityĺ─˘s cultural cornerstone, but we did it during incredibly tough economic times. This year, over 50,000 children will experience the wonder of the VSO through various educational initiatives and programs, thanks to such thoughtful generosity.ĺ─¨

The funds raised at the annual Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Balls support the VSO's performances each season of more than 140 concerts featuring over 60 celebrated guest artists attended by more than 250,000 people in 12 venues throughout the Lower Mainland. It also contributes to VSO education programs that reach more than 50,000 children each year. Since its inception in 1991, the Symphony Lovers' Ball has netted over $5 million in support of the Vancouver Symphony's many projects and continuing operations.

The Vancouver Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support of the Nineteenth Annual Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball:


Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Concord Pacific Group Inc.


Ernst & Young LLP

Goldcorp Inc.

HSBC Bank Canada

Pacific Newspaper Group

Wesbild Holdings Ltd.

We would also like to thank the following for their generous support

Chan Foundation of Canada ĺ─ý Rix Family Foundation


Anthem Properties

Eminata Group

Peter Kiewit Sons Co.

Larco Investments Ltd.

Polygon Homes Ltd.

Raymond James

Rennie Marketing Systems


We would also like to thank the following for their generous support

Arthur H. Willms & Mary Ann Clark


Allied Holdings

CIBC World Markets

Kingwood Capital Corporation


Larkspur Foundation

Michael O'Brian Foundation for the Arts

Opus Hotels - Stikeman Elliott

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Spectra Energy


Deans Knight - Haywood Securities

Genus Capital Management

Philips, Hager & North

Stikeman Elliott

The James and Kathleen Winton Foundation

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