More than 60 members of the Maestro Society braved the first snow of the year on November 9 to celebrate the kick-off of the Chorale’s 2010-2011 performance season at a private reception at the sparkling new Four Seasons Hotel. Just caddy-corner from the Denver Performing Arts Center, the Four Seasons is becoming the hot spot for events in our community, and we loved having the opportunity to be one of the first non-profits to host an event in the space!
Maestro members were treated to sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and sipped wine and beer while catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. But the highlight of the evening was the private concert with National Tour Choir providing guests a “teaser” as to what they can expect in upcoming concerts. Artistic Director Debbie DeSantis noted in her introduction that one of the songs performed had been choreographed just the day before. Did it look like it to the audience? Absolutely not! The kids were amazing.
What is the Maestro Society? The Maestro Society was created in 1995 as a way to recognize and honor individuals who are able to contribute annual gifts of $1,000 or more to support the Chorale’s programs. Since its beginning with only a handful of members, the Maestro Society has grown to more than 80 members today, with several donors who contribute many times $1,000—with gifts of $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and more.
Maestro Society members have first access to Chorale concert tickets and are invited to attend special Maestro-only events. The Maestro kick-off reception is one of the most anticipated activities as we always try to find unique and interesting locations. Over the years, we’ve been in private mansions, the Phipps Tennis House, the Cable Center, the JW Marriott, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Cableland, Cherry Hills Country Club and the Denver Country Club.