Eccles Foundation Grants Utah Symphony | Utah Opera $5 Million

Eccles Foundation Grants Utah Symphony | Utah Opera $5 Million

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) has announced the launch of "The Campaign for Perpetual Motion," a $20 million public fundraising campaign that will continue to build and showcase the organization throughout the entire state of Utah and beyond as the Utah Symphony prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary season in 2015-2016.

"We are developing exciting plans surrounding the 75th anniversary of the Utah Symphony, including recording, broadcasting and touring not only statewide, but also nationally and internationally," announced President and CEO Melia Tourangeau.

Special plans in development include:

  • Touring within the state of Utah including a statewide tour during the Utah Symphony's 75th Anniversary and a tour including free concerts in or near each of Utah's five national parks
  • Utah Symphony tours to the West and East coasts
  • International touring of the Utah Symphony to Europe and Asia
  • New recording and broadcasting projects
  • Commissioning of new works including a special commission for the Utah Symphony's 75th Anniversary to be inspired by Utah landscapes

**Details for the projects will be announced at a later date.

USUO publicly announced the Campaign for Perpetual Motion and its lead gift of $5 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation at the Utah Symphony's concert on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Abravanel Hall. This landmark gift from the Eccles Foundation, including its 2013-2014 Season Sponsorship, carries on its decades-long support totaling more than $32 million for the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

"We have a long-term partnership with USUO that began with Uncle George and Aunt Lolie Eccles themselves 30 years ago, and a firm belief in the importance of this great organization," said Eccles Foundation Chairman and CEO Spencer F. Eccles. "We know that having a strong arts community - including a vibrant symphony and opera - translates directly into the future strength and economic vitality of our state."

Said Eccles Foundation President and COO Lisa Eccles, "It's great to see the momentum this campaign is generating for the Symphony and Opera, and how it will strengthen not only performances and tours, but also outreach programs that travel to communities statewide. Seeing the enthusiasm of the many schoolchildren who participate is exciting, knowing that they're the 'next generation' to carry on this great work into the future. And this campaign is really about the future!"

Spencer Eccles is joined as an honorary co-chair of the campaign by Jon M. Huntsman and Carolyn Tanner Irish. Campaign committee co-chairs include notable community supporters Scott and Jesselie Anderson, Lisa Eccles, Kem and Carolyn Gardner, Gail Miller and Kim Wilson, and Joanne and Bill Shiebler.

For Campaign Co-chair Mr. Gardner, chairman of The KC Gardner Company, supporting Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is a responsibility shared among many. "We're investing in the expansion of what Maestro Maurice Abravanel and so many of our community leaders established together, namely the international reputation of one of America's top orchestras," said Mr. Gardner, a longstanding philanthropist who sits on the board of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. "We're standing on big shoulders and we have a responsibility to continue this legacy. But it's more than a great responsibility-it's also a great joy."