Berkeley Symphony Receives Major Gift from Gordon Getty

By David Salazar

Berkeley Symphony has announced that it has received a transformative $1.5 million gift from Gordon Getty.

The funds will support the Symphony in expanding its innovative programming and education initiatives, as well as extending its reach beyond the East Bay and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

“We are profoundly grateful to Gordon Getty for his extremely generous gift and for his unwavering support and friendship to Berkeley Symphony,” says René Mandel, Artistic Director of Berkeley Symphony, in an official press statement. “Berkeley Symphony is a champion of music from all eras, and has been a trendsetter of new works by living composers since its inception. This gift enables us to continue this tradition through diverse programming and the growth of our educational programs. Our entire community deeply appreciates Gordon Getty’s largesse and we cannot thank him enough.”

Established in 1971 in Berkeley, California, the Berkeley Symphony prioritizes the performance, premieres, and commissioning of new music that embodies the cultural diversity and dynamic artistic environment of its hometown.