Testimony of Witnesses Update
January 23, 2009
I am writing to update you about some recent developments regarding Testimony of Witnesses: An Oratorio of Remembrance. I am sorry to tell you that Boston Secession has decided to postpone the world premiere concert, originally scheduled for March 22 at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.
As difficult as this decision has been for Boston Secession, we feel that under the current economic conditions we are making a prudent, forward-thinking choice. You, our longtime patrons, have been very supportive of Testimony of Witnesses, but the recession has significantly affected our capacity to raise money for the ambitious project. We are committed to Boston Secession's long-term strength and to ensuring that the organization has sufficient resources moving ahead.
As you may imagine, the decision to postpone has been very emotional for the Board of Directors and for me. I have worked closely with composer Ruth Lomon for many years to make this project a reality. The organization and I remain deeply committed to Testimony of Witnesses and are looking into ways to premiere it in the future. We promise to let you know as our plans progress.
In the meantime, the rest of this year brings plenty of Boston Secession events you are sure to enjoy. Our upcoming concert, (Un)Lucky in Love, will take place as scheduled on February 13 and 14 at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. Then, we are mounting our first ever Spring Auction on April 3 in Newton, and we are busy planning one or two fun musical events later in the spring. We will share details soon.
Thank you so much for your continued support of Boston Secession. In this challenging economy, we all need art, beauty, and inspiration more than ever!
Jane Ring Frank