The Big Day of Gratitude!

Presenting a letter from Skye Bergen, our Big DoG Team Captain, Board Treasurer, Succulent Siren, and all-around amazing human being:

To All Citywater Big Day of Giving Donors:

Wow. You really showed up and made a difference this year! I am completely overwhelmed by how amazing you all are.

If we haven’t met yet, let me introduce myself. My name is Skye Bergen. I am an artist, owner of Succulent Sirens, cello student, and state worker. I started on my path of learning the cello 10 years ago when Tim Stanley compassionately took me on as an adult student. The only musical knowledge I had was from being a drummer in a punk band, and he still agreed! Little did I know that I would become a Citywater board member a few years later, and recently step into the role of Citywater’s Board Treasurer. This year I was honored to be the Citywater Team Captain for the Big Day of Giving.

To those of you who have supported Citywater year after year...from the bottom of our cello we thank you. Citywater is approaching its ten year anniversary soon and we would not have made it this far if it weren’t for your incredibly generous support.

To those donors who gave to Citywater for the first time this year… thank you so much. And welcome! Your names will be forever written in our history books as Citywater supporters.

As some of you may have heard, the City of Sacramento is considering slashing its annual budget for the arts. Citywater has received art grants via the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission several times, and that funding came directly from the city budget. If the city does in fact slash the arts budget for the coming fiscal year, then we will rely solely upon funding from our donors for our 2019/2020 season. So we are extra extra grateful to you all this year in particular, in case the city does in fact slash the budget for the arts. (If you have an opinion concerning the city budget please contact your city council member.)

Part of Citywater’s Mission Statement says that classical music is often perceived as elitist, out of date, and isn’t for everyone. I was one of those people who thought classical music was elitist. As an artist I tend to gravitate towards art that makes me think differently about the world, society, or my own beliefs. Citywater changed my whole perception of classical music, and continually opens my ears to a whole new genre of music. I am honored to be a board member for a unique ensemble with an exciting and challenging mission.

Don’t forget to come to the performance on May 17. Let us thank you in person. Meet the ensemble, meet the board members, meet other audience members who also like modern classical music. Hear music that has never been performed before. When we say “new”, we mean it.

Thank you,

Skye Bergen
Citywater Board Treasurer and Social Media Maven

It's the Big Day of Giving!!

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far! You are helping to make this our best year yet!

And, not that you donated just to get a gift, we’ve got some special thank yous:

  • All first-time donors receive a Citywater CD.

  • Donors who give up to $100 receive a Citywater button and stickers.

  • Donations above $100 receive all of the above, plus a colorful new Citywater Tee.

  • Donors who give above $150 receive all of above, plus a pint glass emblazoned with the Citywater logo.

  • Donors who give $300 and above will receive two VIP tickets to the May 17, 2019 concert (see below!) and a Citywater tote bag to hold all of the above.

  • Donors who give $500 and above will, in addition to all of the aforementioned goodies (stickers, buttons, pint glass, T-shirt, tote bag, and VIP tickets), be recognized as co-sponsors of a Citywater performance.

  • Donors who give $1000 will be recognized as co-underwriters of an entire Concert, and get all of the aforementioned goodies (stickers, buttons, pint glass, T-shirt, tote bag, and VIP tickets). 

You might be wondering what those VIP tickets are all about! That’s our upcoming concert on May 17th at CLARA! If you need to get MORE tickets, click on THIS LINK!!!

And now, a message from the epically-bearded, soon-to-be-clean-shaven Director of Operations, Tim Stanley:

Hello Citywater Fans!

Please join us on May 17th when Citywater will premiere a new work by Griffin Candey, titled “Buckboard Charlie.” (Composed just for Citywater!)

In addition to that, we will be premiering the second movement of Christina Rusnak’s Oregon Trail work. We performed the first movement in Vallejo last summer at the Visions of the Wild Festival. Lastly, the venue for our concert is also a new one for us. It will be held at CLARA as part of the Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series. The other pieces in the concert are from Professor Rusnak’s colleagues from the Landscape Music Composers Collective, which creates music inspired by the natural wonders of our planet. This concert is not to be missed! Help us by being a part of new classical music created and performed in Sacramento. 

Yours,
Tim Stanley
Cellist and Director of Operations, Citywater

Thank you everyone for all of your support! It means everything to us!

Photo credit: Jonathan Reveles

Photo credit: Jonathan Reveles


Don't wait! Donate!

You can schedule your Big DoG donation any time!

If you are planning on donating to Citywater for the Big Day of Giving, you don’t need to wait until May 2nd! This year you can schedule your gift ahead of time by simply visiting www.bigdayofgiving.org/citywatermusic  and clicking on the Donate Now button. As Tim Stanley would say, “Easy peasy lemon squeezy.” Donations as little as $15 make a big difference!

Some of your donations will be immediately supporting the costs of our May 17th performance, “Buckboard Charlie: Modern Chamber Music Exploring the Spirit of American Landscapes”, part of the Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series at CLARA. We are very excited to share a lot of brand new music with Sacramento this season. Other pieces are coming to us over the next year, so there are great short-term and long-term goals to give toward! Remember that supporting us also means supporting living composers.

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Succulents!

What a blast we all had at the fundraiser! Derek Keller stopped by and gave everyone a preview of the new piece he’s working on for us (premiering this fall at FeNAM), Cathie and Ben performed and talked about Linda Chase’s piece Wildfire Rages. River Whispers. Resilience., and everyone made their very own succulent arrangement! Check out the slide show! And remember to mark your calendars for our next two big events: Big Day of Giving on May 2nd and our concert at CLARA on May 17th!

Big DoG 2019!

Winter is over, and that means that the 2019 Big Day of Giving is coming soon. Be sure to put a big star in your calendars on May 2nd, because Citywater is participating again!

Here is a message from the President of Citywater’s Board, Dan Sackheim (who has been with us from the very beginning!):

We know that you know that music makes life better.

Music is a living art; it has always grown and evolved.

Citywater is Sacramento's only new music ensemble.

You, as a Citywater donor, help bring new music to new and experienced listeners.

You, as a Citywater donor, play a key part in all stages of this creative process!

You help fund the creation of new pieces.

You help sponsor concerts where these pieces have their world premieres.

Save the date and watch for big news from Citywater in the coming weeks.

Visit our Website. Follow us on Facebook...and watch for BDOG details.

Support and join our friends at Citywater in making this world a little better.


Here is the link to our profile on the Big Day of Giving website. Just click on that link on May 2nd to donate to Citywater! It's that easy.

https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/citywatermusic

More details coming soon!

Upcoming Collaborations!

Citywater is excited to announce TWO new collaborations!!

This spring, we will be premiering a new work written for us by Griffin Candey! Griffin was recently named the composer-in-residence at the Cleveland Opera Theater and while most of his works are for the opera stage, we are thrilled to be working with him on his latest instrumental work, Buckboard Charlie, written for Citywater! The premiere will be May 17th at E. Claire Raley Center for the Performing Arts in midtown Sacramento. Save the date now and we’ll keep you posted with details as we get closer!

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We’re also working on a multi-media project with local composer Derek Keller. The premiere will be the feature of our concert on FENAM 2019! Dates and details soon!!

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Look at the navigation bar!!!

Did you notice there is a new button?! DONATE! We are set up to take your donations here on this webpage! You'd really be helping us out if you checked out the page and maybe even just made a donation while you're there...you know, just to make sure it all works...and to show us how much you love us.

Fall is here...

...and that means FeNAM is coming! For the uninitiated, that is the Festival of New American Music, an annual event that has been held at Sac State for 40 years!

Well, dear fans, Citywater will be back at FeNAM again this year, with not just one, but THREE concerts! We'll be a part of the Opening Gala concert on Friday, November 3rd at 8pm. On Saturday, we'll split the noon concert with the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Derthick. Then, at 3, we'll play for the Student Composers Open Reading Session. 

In all of our performances, we'll be joined by guest artist Jennifer Ellis, a harpist who specializes in modern music. Check out her work here! We are thrilled to be collaborating with Jennifer! In the search for repertoire to play with her, much of it based on her recommendation, we've found some fantastic composers we might not have found otherwise. Can't wait to tell you about them! Check back soon for some previews!!

For the full festival schedule, click HERE!

 

Citywater on Insight

Local celebrity alert!

A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer, Ben, Cathie, and Tim went to the Cap Radio studios to record some music and an interview with one of Cap Radio's classical hosts, Kevin Doherty. It was a blast! Kevin had great questions and the whole production team over there was fantastic.

Well, the show aired today! If you missed it, no worries! We've got the link for you right here: CLICK ME!

Enjoy! And then join us in the fall for our next season....sure to be the best yet!

We Can't Do This Without You.

 

Hello Friends of Citywater!
 

The Big Day of Giving is just a few short weeks away, and we are excited to have a new Director of Operations (Congrats Tim Stanley!), a new goal, a plan for a new season, and a couple of new gifts in store for our donors. 

The Big Day of Giving for 2017 is May 4th. We love this. Because May the 4thbe with you. Always. (We are nerds.)

Here is the link to our profile on the Big Day of Giving website. Just click on that link on May 4th to donate to Citywater! It's that easy. 

https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/citywatermusic
 

If you won't be able to donate on May 4th, but you would like to donate beforehand, you can! This year you will be able to make an "offline gift" after the website is activated on April 14th. Any offline gifts made prior to May 4thwill be added to the total amount after the event closes at midnight of the 4th. Pretty great, right?

Our Goal
 

Our goal for the coming 2017/2018 season is $12,000!
This is our biggest goal yet.
Let's do this. 


Our plan for the funds is to create a series of public concerts that will celebrate new American chamber music. We also want to commision, perform, and record pieces written specifically for Citywater by local composers. Part of the funds raised during this BigDOG will go to studio recording costs and commissioning fees. We want to get started this year on making enough recordings to have a full CD by the end of 2019.
 

Donor Rewards


Show your Citywater pride! One of our new thank you gifts this year is a limited edition T-shirt that you can wear to all of your social engagements. Wear it to our concerts, your best friend's wedding, bar mitzvahs, Second Saturday, or even city council meetings. The T-shirts will be available to those who donate $50 and above. Below is the list of other gifts that we are offering this year. 

$25 - Receive a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$50 - Limited edition black Citywater T-shirt with Citywater logo on the front and BigDOG 2017 on the back, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$100 - Join the ensemble for beer at a local Sacramento craft brewery, receive a limited edition black Citywater T-shirt, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$500 - Enjoy an intimate, in-depth look into Citywater's creative process at a Donor-Only open rehearsal. Beer and wine will be served, and possibly even snacks! You will also receive a limited edition black Citywater T-shirt, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$1000 - One-of-a-Kind Citywater Art Print by local artist and board member Skye Bergen, framed and ready to hang on a wall of your choosing. You will also receive a limited edition black Citywater T-shirt, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$2500 - Co-sponsor a Concert. Your name or business name, along with any other co-sponsors will be included in all concert advertisements and will be seen by everyone attending. You will also receive a limited edition black Citywater T-shirt, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$5000 - Sponsor an entire concert! Your name or business name will be included in all concert advertisements and will be seen by everyone attending. You will also receive a limited edition black Citywater T-shirt, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble.

$12,000 - Be recognized as a Season Sponsor and receive a private concert. Your name or business name will be included in all season advertisements and will be seen by everyone attending every concert during our 2017/2018 season, and Citywater will perform a private house concert for you. You will also receive a limited edition black Citywater T-shirt, AND get a personal thank you note and photo from Citywater’s rescue dogs, Ichi and Pepper, signed by the ensemble. 

All first time donors will receive our first CD featuring some of our favorite live performances, and all donors get their name in every program. 
 

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