Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

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Thank you, in advance, for making the most generous gift you can in support of our work!

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Founded in 1982 under the artistic leadership of Toby Saks, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is now celebrating its 33rd Season with Artistic Director James Ehnes and has become one of the most unique and vibrant arts organizations in the nation. Each year, SCMS brings extraordinary classical chamber music to new and loyal audience members alike at our Winter and Summer Festivals at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Additionally, as an important part of our mission SCMS brings education and community engagement programs to people within our community.

With nearly a $1.1 million budget, about 40% comes from ticket and other earned revenue and the other 60% comes from donations, including important contributions from individuals. We count on the financial support of donors like you to make all of this work possible—the superb concerts, the astounding musicians, the free pre-concert recitals, the family concerts and community engagement programs and more.

We also rely on the confidence of our patrons, and we value your investment. SCMS has a solid history of being fiscally responsible and has never carried an accumulated deficit.

In these challenging times, your gift is important to SCMS and means more than ever. Please make your gift today and play your part in helping bring all of our magnificent concerts and programs to life. Every gift makes a difference. Thank you, in advance, for your generous support.

Your gift will play an important part in funding all of the magnificent concerts and innovative programs of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 206.283.8710. Thank you in advance for your generosity, and for all you do for Seattle Chamber Music Society.


GiveBIG Update

Thank you to our donors who contributed to The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig campaign on May 3 and 4, 2015.

With your help, we raised $17,350 in gifts to Seattle Chamber Music Society (before receiving the Stretch Pool matching funds) and met the challenge grant for $10,000 by an anonymous donor.

A BIG thank you for your generous support, which will help fund all of our concerts and community engagement programs this season.


In thanks for your generosity, we are pleased to offer the following:

Cadenza ($10,000 or more)
All Vivace benefits plus…

  • Invitation to a private dinner with Artistic Director James Ehnes
  • Complimentary, personalized special gift
  • Invitation for 2 to attend one complimentary SCMS house concert event
  • Sponsor listing on program concert page and program notes for one Festival concert

Vivace ($5,000 to $9,999)
All Capriccio benefits plus…

  • Invitation to an exclusive house concert event for Vivace and Cadenza member donors
  • Invitation to spend time with Festival musicians at a private rehearsal event
  • Complimentary, signed copy of special CD
  • Invitation to enjoy a backstage toast on a Festival performance night

Capriccio ($2,500 to $4,999)
All Fortissimo benefits plus…

  • Complimentary parking downtown for your Summer Festival subscription performances
  • Invitation to a private, post-concert dinner with Summer Festival musicians
  • Complimentary copy of violinist Augustin Hadelich’s CD of Bartók and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos
  • Advanced copy of complete Summer Festival 2016 Program Notes

Fortissimo ($1,750 to $2,499)
All Accelerando benefits plus…

  • Complimentary copy of the new Ehnes Quartet CD before it is released to the public, featuring Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”, and Sibelius String Quartet Op. 56., “Voces Intimae”
  • Invitation to attend the Summer Festival Closing Night party with Festival musicians

Accelerando ($1,000 to $1,749)
All Rondo benefits plus…

  • Priority Seating for Summer Festival subscriptions received before April 15, 2016 or
    Winter Festival subscriptions received by October 28, 2016
  • Invitation to a special party with Artistic Director James Ehnes
  • Copy of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Annual Report

Rondo ($500 to $999)
All Presto benefits plus…

  • Preferred Seating for Summer Festival subscriptions received before April 15, 2016 or
    Winter Festival subscriptions received by October 28, 2016
  • Invitation to a Winter Festival reception with Winter Festival musicians
  • Certificate for one complimentary glass of wine or dessert at Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes catering in the Nordstrom Recital Hall lobby
  • Early Bird subscription opportunity to purchase subscription tickets before the general public

Presto ($300 to $499)
All Allegretto benefits plus…

  • A special SCMS souvenir gift

Allegretto ($150 to $299)
All Andante benefits plus…

  • 10% discount on all of our fantastic Festival Shop CDs and merchandise
  • Recognition in the Winter Festival program book

Andante ($50 to $149)

  • Invitations to Summer Festival open rehearsals
  • Recognition in the Summer Festival program book
  • Subscription to the SCMS E-newsletter

Fair Market values
Your gift is tax-deductible, minus the fair market value of benefits received by you as a donor. Fair market values by giving level: Andante $0; Allegretto $0; Presto $5; Rondo $26; Accelerando $46; Fortissimo $81; Capriccio $165; Vivace $240; Cadenza $345.

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