As we enter our 11th season, we would like to thank you – our committed patrons, our volunteers, our sponsors, and our weekly audience members – for your support and enthusiastic participation. Without you, Rush Hour simply would not exist.

Each year, as we finish the last notes of the final concerts, we begin again to raise the funds for next the season. It is an annual cycle, fueled by the mission to keep this series free and open to all, in a format that is convenient and supportive of contemporary lifestyles: no subscribing for tickets, no need to choose concerts or plan ahead. Rather, you come as often as you like, whenever you like: Rush Hour is there every Tuesday, all summer long.

Your financial support is critical to our ability to present extraordinary weekly concerts that bring refreshment and renewal to our busy lives, admission-free.

Here is a sampling of what your contributions enable us to do:

This year, we are featuring over 60 Grammy award-winning, world-class musicians from all over the world in 14 concerts from June through August.

More than 30 volunteers will serve over 5,000 cookies, brownies, and pastries, 4,500 glasses of wine, and 250 pounds of fruit and cheese to 500+ weekly attendees at the season’s pre-concert receptions.

Your donations enable Rush Hour to mount all of the components of its Access Program, helping to keep the series’ “great music for busy lives” relevant and available to audiences of all ages and backgrounds at any time.

Here are three ways to further leverage your giving this year:

Our board of directors has issued a $20,000 challenge grant, pledging to match all new and increased gifts received before June 30, which will make substantial progress in guaranteeing an admission-free season.

If you’re under 40 years of age, our groundbreaking donor challenge has returned again this year, with the Irving Harris Foundation matching $5,000 toward all gifts from donors under 40.

Additionally, corporate matching gifts are a great way to maximize your personal contribution and increase the impact of your gift. If your employer has a matching grant program, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your contribution.

Thank you for your continued support at any level. Your dollars go directly back into developing high quality programming that is free and accessible to all.

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