Hartford Foundation for Public Giving awards $300,000 grant to
Hartford Symphony Orchestra in support of its upcoming capital campaign
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has announced the hiring of a Capital Campaign Manager, Theodore J. Bruttomesso Jr. He joins the Symphony after serving as Director of Development for The YMCA of Greater Hartford.
In addition, a grant of $300,000 has been awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra to assist in the launch of this critically-important capital campaign.
Bruttomesso brings more than 30 years of experience in Development to the HSO. In addition to the YMCA, Mr. Bruttomesso served as Director of Development for The Archdiocese of Hartford and as an independent development consultant whose clients included The Urban League of Greater Hartford, the Norwalk YMCA and ‘r kids Family Center in New Haven.
He also was a news and sports director for area radio stations including serving as News Director of WPOP Radio. Using the stage name of Tom Reynolds, he was recipient of The Tom Phillips Award for Best Radio Newscast in New England.
Bruttomesso is an honors graduate of Leland Powers School of Radio Television and Theater in Boston, MA. He and his wife, Linda, are parents of two daughters and make their home in Berlin.
“Ted brings an unprecedented set of skills and diverse experience to the HSO Capital Campaign Manager position,” said Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins. “He has a proven track record in nurturing long-term relationships and making meaningful connections between individuals and the community. Under Ted’s supervision I am confident the HSO Capital Campaign will flourish and help bring the orchestra to the next level of community relevance. It will be an honor to work with him.”
The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $10 million to support endowment growth, innovation and operations reserve funding. The Hartford Foundation’s three-year grant will be used to support the training of current staff, the hiring of campaign staff, and a series of activities to plan and implement the campaign including: creation of campaign materials, research and cultivation of potential donors, stewardship events, and other planned giving activities.
“We are extremely grateful for this show of support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving,” said Collins. “Their generous grant is vitally important to the creation of our capital campaign infrastructure. This campaign, which is a five-year endeavor and an integral part of our newly-adopted strategic framework, is crucial to ensure the stability and long-term future of the HSO as well as supporting artistic innovation.”
About the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrated 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families, and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $680 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.
About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Marking its 73rd Season in 2016-2017, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is Connecticut’s premier musical organization. The Hartford Symphony is the second largest orchestra in New England and is widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. We believe passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community. To that end, the mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever-expanding audiences and to increase, through its educational programs, the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents of Connecticut. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. She began her tenure with the HSO in the fall of 2011. The HSO presents more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, Pops! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concert Series, Symphony in the Schools, Musical Dialogues, and more. In addition, the HSO presents the popular summer series, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival in Simsbury.