Thrivent Financial renews commitment to Fox Valley Symphony

October 9, 2008

APPLETON – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is renewing its commitment to the Fox Valley Symphony as the 2009-10 Season Underwriter.

Thrivent Financial officials made the announcement Saturday night before the Fox Valley Symphony’s season opening concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Thrivent Financial has been Season Underwriter for the Fox Valley Symphony since the 2005-06 season. Over the past decade, Thrivent Financial and the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation have supported the Fox Valley Symphony and its mission with more than $500,000.

“The entire Fox Valley Symphony organization is deeply grateful to Thrivent Financial for their support. We are able to perform live symphonic music at the highest levels and provide music education in our community as a result,” said Executive Director Marta Weldon. “Over the years, they have enabled the orchestra to grow and flourish. Their commitment to the FVS and the arts in the Fox Valley is exemplary.”

“The Fox Valley Symphony is a cultural asset in our community,” said Jon Stellmacher, chief administrative officer and executive vice president of Thrivent Financial. “It stretches our imaginations and enriches our lives. Thrivent Financial is pleased to help this organization grow by reaching more people each year. Young people and adults both gain education and enjoyment from the music the symphony provides.”

As part of their commitment to the Fox Valley Symphony, Thrivent Financial is also a sponsor of its youth and education programs, including the Fox Valley Youth Orchestras, the Young Artists Festival and the Partners in Education program, which brings music education and professional musicians to more than 60 classes throughout the Fox Cities each year.

“Thrivent Financial’s commitment to our orchestra and our music education programs is extraordinary. They help us inspire, enrich and nurture the human spirit with our work,” said FVS Music Director Brian Groner.

The 2008-09 FVS season continues on Nov. 8 featuring works by Mozart, Rodgrio and Zemlinsky and guest artist, guitarist Robert Belinic’. Other season concerts at the P.A.C. include a jazzy tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring trumpet player Byron Stripling on Jan. 31, an April 4th concert featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Michael Daugherty’s Route 66 and Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major with guest artist Wen-Lei Gu, a Lawrence University assistant professor and violin virtuoso, and a concert production of Bizet’s famed opera “Carmen” featuring the White Heron Chorale on May 16. The FVS will also perform Holiday Pops on Dec. 4 featuring Fox Valley Horns and the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble at Pickard Auditorium.

About Fox Valley Symphony
The Fox Valley Symphony’s mission is to enrich and nurture the human spirit through symphonic music and educational opportunities than enhance the cultural development of our community. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the 2008-09 season underwriter and Time Warner Cable, DMiNTERACTIVE and WBAY-TV are season media sponsors. The season is also sponsored in part by funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and by grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The FVS sponsors two youth orchestras, the Youth Symphony and Philharmonia Strings, who perform fall and spring concerts. In addition to the season concert series, the orchestra performs an education concert for students enrolled in the Partners in Education program. For more information, please visit

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping nearly 3 million members achieve their financial goals and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its subsidiaries offer a broad range of financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, bank products and more. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit

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