Symphony of Wines Update

Public Health and Event Update: The ASO’s Symphony of Wines

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is committed to the health and safety of everyone in our community, including our dedicated patrons, musicians, staff, volunteers, vendors, and community partners. Like many, we are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and updating plans in consultation with local, state, national, and international agencies.

The ASO has a long history of bringing our community together – in good and in challenging times. We take our mission to provide Great Music for Every Life very seriously. 

That’s why it’s difficult but necessary to cancel our upcoming 23rd Annual Symphony of Wines scheduled for March 26, 2020. The safety and well-being of others is our highest priority and going forward isn’t in the best interest of our community. Although the known existence of the coronavirus in our state is very limited, we hope that by canceling this large event we can help minimize the spread of the coronavirus in Anchorage and Alaska.   

Symphony of Wines is one of the ASO’s most important fundraising events, and provides resources for several meaningful programs including: Tickets for My Neighbors (100+ tickets given each concert to new audiences from schools, military and social service agencies); Young People’s Concerts (busing and other costs for almost 8,000 elementary school students to attend school-time concerts programmed just for them); Coaching in the Schools (ASO musicians give free coaching to band and orchestra students), and Free Community Concerts (performed each year at local high schools).

For twenty three years – every year of the Symphony of Wines -- this premier wine-tasting event has been sponsored by Specialty Imports. Their support has been steadfast and generous. We are incredibly grateful for all they’ve done to support our community, support the arts, and support your Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.

If you’ve already purchased tickets for the Symphony of Wines you have two options:

1.    Donate your ticket back to the ASO: Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join us for a concert or event, the ASO will be available and ready to share the joy of live music with you once more, as a healthy, vibrant, and financially secure organization. Click on the button below for a fast and easy way to support the ASO.
Donate Your Ticket Back to the ASO Here

2.    Request a ticket refund: The ASO will happily refund the cost of your Symphony of Wines tickets. Begin your ticket refund below, and we’ll hope to see you at next year’s event.
Ticket Refund Form


How Can You Continue To Support The ASO?
While the traditional Symphony of Wines event with wine-tasting and entertainment on March 26th has been canceled, we have some great news! We’ve given you new ways to support the ASO and have fun this year – the Instant Wine Cellar Raffle and the Silent Auction will continue with a few innovative twists.

The Instant Wine Cellar Raffle!
With only 100 tickets sold, the odds have never been greater to win the Grand Prize of an “Instant Wine Cellar” of over 30 bottles of premium wine! It’s valued over $2,000 and was generously donated by the ASO Board. To purchase your ticket, call the ASO office today at 907-274-8668. The raffle winner will be selected on Thursday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m. and will be notified by phone and email, in addition to an announcement on the ASO’s Facebook page. For more information click HERE.

The Symphony Of Wines Silent Auction Goes Online!
What do you do when you can’t gather 500 people for a silent auction?  You move it to Facebook!  Our traditional silent auction with Alaskan adventures, craft cocktail parties, restaurant packages, and much more will be available online this year. Our Symphony of Wines guests always support the ASO with their bids on the items that have been generously donated by businesses and friends of the ASO.  We know you’ll want to support the ASO in this creative way. Watch for much more news about how to participate soon!

“Like” the ASO on Facebook to be the first to hear about the Silent Auction details, including the items available for auction, the date and details for the online auction, and all the news you’ll need to support the ASO.

If you have questions about your Symphony of Wines ticket donation or refund, the Instant Wine Cellar Raffle, or the Silent Auction, please contact the ASO office at 907-274-8668 or ASO@YourASO.org. 
Please be aware that we are responding to a high volume of emails and your inquiry may take longer than normal to answer. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Keep yourself and our community healthy:

    - Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care, and avoid people who are sick.
    - Cover your coughs and sneezes (with a tissue when possible, and throw the tissue away), then wash your hands.
    - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    - Call first -- if you or someone you know is sick and plan to seek care, please call first. Healthcare facilities and professionals need to prioritize for people who are showing symptoms. A medical professional can direct you to the appropriate resource without putting a possibly unnecessary burden on the local healthcare system.  
    - Alaskans with coronavirus questions can dial 211 on their phones for information. In places without 211 service, dial 1-800-478-2221. Alaska 211 is a service of the United Way, and phone workers can direct callers to resources and answers.

Thank you for supporting your Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and be well.

Sherri Burkhart Reddick
Executive Director
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The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is funded, in part, by the Atwood Foundation, Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation , Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Assembly, Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and through the generosity of many individuals and corporate community leaders.
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