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A Message from the Chairman of the Academy of Music

January 23, 2016

Dearest Friends and Family of the Academy of Music,

As I watch the snow fill Rittenhouse Square today, I am glad that the Academy of Music Board of Trustees decided to cancel tonight's 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball.  I am disappointed not to be able to celebrate with you all, of course, but I know we made the right decision.

I also know that there are so many people who worked incredibly hard to make the evening happen, and that many of you went to extraordinary efforts to plan to attend this special night for the "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street." This message is for you.

Thank you for putting aside important time to make the Academy of Music a priority in your busy lives, thank you for investing not only in our elegant building but for finding your own beautiful finery for our "night of nights," and thank you for all your kind wishes for the Academy's continued success as one of Philadelphia's most beloved landmarks. Thank you for all your work to find new friends to come to our music-filled dinner, for hiring baby sitters and caretakers, for reserving rooms in downtown hotels, for asking your co-workers for Academy support and for volunteering so many hours for our cause.

The Board's first priority was to care for the safety of all involved in the Concert and Ball evening, even when this decision potentially impacts the financial status of the Academy of Music and The Philadelphia Orchestra.  Having made this difficult decision, our next responsibility is to say thank you to the thousands of people who helped make this annual event so very unique and without peer.  Our heartfelt gratitude goes to each of you who planned to be with us!

As the winds continue to howl outside, I hope you are safe and warm inside with your loved ones, and that you are making plans for next year's Academy of Music 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball.

I will see you there!

With appreciation and thanks,

Adele K. Schaeffer

Chairman Academy of Music Board of Trustees