Peninsula Symphony Orchestra
The arts feed the soul and kindle hope. They should not be allowed to fall victim to the Covid19 pandemic. To help preserve our vibrant local musical culture, we are pleased to support "The Elfenworks Foundation Adopt A Musician Program" at The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Patrons can adopt a musician, chair or instrument for a year, or for a lifetime (for details, visit their website).
Our Foundation has a long history the orchestra, where our CEO is a member "on leave" of the First Violin section. When we were working on a concert to celebrate the launch of The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein donated considerable time and expertise, recruiting orchestra musicians, leading rehearsals, and conducting at the Concert for Hope event. Klein also helped brainstorm the libretto for an original work to highlight the need to fight poverty that would be written by Stanford professor / composer Giancarlo Aquilanti. Aquilanti – who also donated his time – took input from Klein, our CEO, the Center Director, and others, settling on quotes from Mother Theresa and Deuteronomy 15:11. When the beautiful "La Povertà" was premiered at the event, it featured PSO musicians, two soprano soloists, and Maestro Klein conducting.