The Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced that it had received a historic donation of $14.7 million from the estate of H. Thomas and Mary Beck.
The donation surpassed the $10 million donation from the estate in 2019.
In a statement orchestra CEO Mark Williams said, “The Beck family’s long-standing commitment to this city has been exemplified by their unwavering support of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and our mission to serve this community with extraordinary and meaningful musical experiences.”
According to a press release, $1.8 million of the $14.7 million donation was used to offset costs of the 2022-23 season, resulting in a surplus of approximately $30,000. The remaining $12.9 million was transferred to the Toronto Symphony Foundation to be invested.
The Beck family has had a relationship with the orchestra since 1950s when newlyweds Tom and Mary Beck began attending TSO concerts and eventually became subscribers.