When I began my tenure as Managing Director with PSO a couple years ago, I soon realized that I would be acquainting myself with patrons and donors who were significantly older than myself, and that those folks would quickly define the legacy of Peninsula Symphony. I realized early on that the richness of the organization was founded on years of dedicated passion and hours of service to our wonderful orchestra. Over 15 symphony guilds, groups of hard-working and enthusiastic women passionate about classical music, were established throughout the peninsula. Each guild played a role in making sure our halls were filled with concert-goers, and that fundraising events took place and were successful, ensuring our community mission be carried out.
I have not had the good fortune of meeting some of these significant women who were pillars of our earlier days, but I have been able to hear second-hand about many of those who are not with us today, but gave tirelessly of themselves.
One of these women was Marguerite Szekely, who sadly passed on a few months ago. Marguerite was a major supporter and advisor within the leadership of Peninsula Symphony. Her love of music and the arts, combined with her dedication to youth through her support of the Klein Competition winners at the annual Charles Gundelach Memorial Concerts, was exemplary. Her knowledge and wisdom contributed greatly to developing successful relationships with other community partners. She will be fondly remembered for her elegant and gracious manner, her personal kindness and warmth, and her mentorship of many Symphony leaders and supporters.
We will miss her enthusiastic presence at concerts, and her warm and charming company.