As some you have probably heard, I recently announced my retirement and will hand over the reins to a new President on December 31st, 2015. But I won't be going far. After that I will be moving over to the new Orpheum Centre for Performing Arts & Education to be part of that project's first year of operation.
By the time I leave, it will have been 35 years of pure enjoyment and reward. I never felt like coming to the Orpheum office each day was "going to work". It felt more like I was going to my favorite hangout to meet up with great friends and do very neat things.
Before I get too reminiscent, let me make it clear to everyone who has ever been to a show, made a donation, sponsored an event or project, or served as a Board member, staff member or volunteer: you all made this time so fabulous and provided the incentive for us to reach for higher mountains each and every day. As the old adage goes, “It takes a village,” and a village indeed responded! The Orpheum is a small village within the larger Memphis community, and I truly believe that together we have made a difference.
While I will be on the job for another 12 months, I have much to do in that short time. I have some special goals in mind. First, we look ahead to finishing construction of the Orpheum Centre for Performing Arts & Education. With the new Centre we will be advancing our current 19 education programs and will fine-tune the addition of several new programs designed to serve an even broader segment of our community, offering opportunities for individual growth and development.
We’ll also make improvements in the historic Orpheum such as refurbished seating, restoration of the interior gold and silver leaf, and plans for future renovations that will help us in our mission to preserve our beautiful theatre. I’ll be working to offer our patrons like you more fabulous Broadway musicals and a wide variety of concerts and special events.
The contributions you make as the year ends will help us see our vision for the future come to fruition. Consider supporting the Orpheum Centre for Performing Arts & Education with a year-end gift, or create a lasting memory for your loved ones with a personalized brick in the new plaza entry. Please consider making a year-end gift today.
Throughout my years at the Orpheum, you – the Memphis community – have always supported the theatre. I look forward to working with you through my last year, which looks to be our best year yet.
Orpheum President and CEO