"To help the BSO continue to delight, challenge and be part of the lives of future generations, I have included the BSO in my estate plans."
Beth Horton's earliest memory of going to a concert was when she was four and a half years old. She can still remember the auditorium in Pacific Grove, California, where her mother would take her and her younger sister to hear music and to see plays. Beth also has fond memories of the weekly music broadcast programs over the intercom when she was in 3rd through 5th grade at Ursa Major Elementary School, Fort Richardson, Alaska. However, the moment that truly sealed music as part of her life was in 1962, when she watched The Magnificent Rebel, a biography of Ludwig van Beethoven, on the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Beth notes, "I was, and all these many decades later, still am, blown away by Beethoven's Fifth Symphony."
The BSO became part of Beth's life in the 1980s. Friends invited her to go to a BSO concert with them because they had an extra ticket. She then started going occasionally on her own, which led her to becoming a season subscriber and eventually an annual fund donor. Beth states, "Since first attending the BSO, one of the things I love most about the symphony is that it pushes me out of my musical comfort zone by helping me rethink the works of composers I had previously passed off and by introducing me to music from new composers." And, in 2014, the BSO inspired her response to a midterm exam for a class she was taking on the history of movies. One of the questions on the exam was to describe two propaganda films from World War II. One of the films Beth chose was Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, a film she had seen the previous year when the BSO performed Sergei Prokofiev's score as the movie was shown.
To help the BSO continue to delight, challenge and be part of the lives of future generations, Beth has included the BSO in her estate plans. We extend our deep gratitude to Beth and to all the Legato Circle donors who have taken this important step for the future of the BSO.