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Pacific Symphony Receives $2 Million Gift from James Emmi and His Wife in Support for Orchestral Operations and Endowment

Pacific Symphony Receives $2 Million Gift from  James Emmi and His Wife in Support for Orchestral Operations and Endowment

Pacific Symphony recently received a generous gift of $2 million from long-time board member James Emmi and his wife, Catherine, providing continued support for orchestral operations and endowment. The philanthropic couple announced the gift during a dinner honoring the Symphony's Crystal Society, held in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, following an announcement of the Symphony's 2014-15 season celebrating Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary. Underwritten by Hollywood composer and Symphony board member James Newton Howard, the dinner recognized members of the Symphony's Crystal Society, a group of more than 30 families, foundations and corporations who have been long-standing donors to the Symphony and major contributors to programmatic and endowment-building efforts.

James Emmi, the retired president of Kimberly Development Company, has served on the Symphony's board of directors for 23 years. For more than 20 years, he has subscribed to both the Classical and Pops series, exemplifying his fervent commitment to the orchestra. He first supported the Symphony in 1987, and has attended and donated to the organization every year since.

Reflecting on the Emmi's contributions to the Symphony, Maestro St.Clair says, "Jim's and Catherine's endowment of the principal viola chair was one of our first endowed chairs. Through their support, we have had Robert Becker in this chair for 30 years. This is meaningful not only to Bob but also to admirers of classical music who enjoy the richness of Bob's performances."

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