Dear Members of the Symphony League of Beaumont,
It is an honor to welcome you to a new year of the Symphony League of Beaumont. The Symphony League’s Board of Directors, committee chairman, and members have been hard at work planning an exciting season of events, fundraisers, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities. While the global pandemic has presented many challenges, our members have done on outstanding job finding creative and safe ways to move forward with the Symphony League’s mission of supporting and promoting the Symphony of Southeast Texas and fostering music education and appreciation.
Many events were cancelled at the end of last season, including the League’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon, our Membership Coffee, and several of our education and youth program events. Our members were able to refocus and reschedule many events.
Our League season officially began in the fall with Bow Practice for our beautiful Debutantes and their Escorts. The season continued with the presentation of the Debutantes and their mothers at the Debutante Tea and the traditional Tea Dance honoring the Symphony Belles and Beaus. The new year began with the Debutante Ball, the League’s second Symphony with a Touch of Southern Charm, and the Belle and Beau season.
The Symphony of Southeast Texas also found creative ways to move forward with its 68th Season titled “Soundscapes.” The season began with a Live Stream concert of Classic Series I, “Cinematic Impressions.” “Cirque Spooktacular” was the first in-person concert of the season, followed by Classic Series II, “Soundscapes from My Homeland,” and The Texas Tenors in “Deep in the Heart of Christmas.” Trinity United Methodist Church was the setting for the first concert of the new year, “A Little Night Music,” followed by Classic Series III, “American Musical Soundscapes.” The season concludes when Broadway comes to Beaumont in “Broadway Divas” and the Classic Series IV, “Pipe Dreams.”
Music plays an integral role in most of our lives. In times of uncertainly, we look to music to give us hope and peace. It also gives us time to reflect about our purpose as volunteers with the Symphony League and the important role we play in supporting the Symphony of Southeast Texas. The Symphony needs our support more than ever to ensure the music continues to bring joy and happiness to our community now and for future generations.
While the last year has been challenging, each one of you has done a tremendous job adapting to ensure the Symphony League continues the great work it has delivered to the Symphony and our community for more than 65 years. My sincerest thanks to all the dedicated members who have continued to volunteer this year!
I am so thankful to every one of you and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!
Kara Hawthorn, President
Symphony League of Beaumont