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The best of our culture survives only if it is carefully supported for the future. In 1994, The Board of Directors established the Esterhazy Patron program to establish a steady base of support for programming that would enable the Society to bring the world’s finest music to Orange County, benefitting all of Southern California. This group of dedicated patrons is largely responsible for appearances by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, America’s finest orchestras including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Los Angeles as well as recital by some of the great artists of our day—Yo-Yo Ma, Alfred Brendel, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa. A number of projects such as the Eclectic Orange Festival and the Beethoven Festival were inspired by and supported by the Esterhazy Patrons.

The Esterhazy Patrons takes its name from the noble Hungarian family that is best known for its long-time support of composer Joseph Haydn, providing him with the security and resources to not only compose, but to establish and develop some of music’s most significant forms including the symphony, string quartet and sonata. Haydn paved the way for great composers such as Mozart and Beethoven and shaped the musical landscape for the future. Esterhazy Patrons are an important force in helping pass on the world’s great musical heritage to future generations.

Members receive benefits that include:
  • • Recognition as a multi-year contributor to support the Society’s core artistic programs and fuel future artistic program growth
  • • Complimentary attendance for two to all pre- and post-concert receptions with Society President and Artistic Director John Mangum
  • • Opportunity to participate in an intimate backstage visit, reception and/or VIP dinner with artists
  • • Opportunity for recognition as a concert or community program sponsor

Becoming an Esterhazy Patron is an excellent way to celebrate your own passion for music. We welcome new members to this prestigious group. Membership requires a $75,000 commitment to the Philharmonic Society that must be completely paid in a period not to exceed three years.

To join Esterhazy Patrons, please contact:

Halim Kim
Senior Director of Development
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
1124 Main Street, Suite B
Irvine, CA 92614
Tel: 949.553.2422, ext. 233
Fax: 949.553.2421

Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Federal Tax ID: 95-1805452