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Dear Friends of the Saint Helens Quartet, Thank you for taking part in our programming over the last few years! We were thrilled that Tempo of Recollection was part of the Seattle Symphony's "Bridging the 48th Parallel Festival", having taken place June 3, 2007 at Benaroya Hall.

In order to meet the challenges of the future, we are taking on the Quartet's second fundraising drive. Partner with us today to bring this new work to Seattle audiences and audiences nationally and internationally! Earlier this year, the Saint Helens String Quartet was asked by the world - renowned theatre director Nick Schwartz-Hall to team up with him to tell Schulhoff's story in words and music. We have found significant inspiration along the way; Erwin Schulhoff's life ended tragically in a Nazi labor camp in 1943-his magnificent music all but forgotten by history. We believe that this production can help to amend that. We are proud to say that there is already interest in the production for performances in New York and Europe.

Being part of this Seattle Symphony festival was important to the project's future life. By supporting this festival performance, you're not only bringing the work to Seattle audiences, but helping showcase the work to future producers, thereby bringing greater visibility to the work of Seattle artists beyond Seattle.

The quartet originally produced the work locally as part of The Schulhoff Festival at Cornish College for the Arts, in January, 2007. After that initial production, the excitement was palpable and we were immediately invited to be part of the Seattle Symphony's "Bridging the 48th Parallel Festival". Benaroya Hall is generously helping to cover some of the costs of remounting this production, however there are still many ways for donors to get involved in helping to us to present this exciting event.

There are several exciting benefits we'd like to offer our donors. First, the names of all donors will be featured not only in our Seattle program, but also in future programs in other locales.

We have partnered with The Shunpike, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as our fiscal sponsor. This means your donation to the Saint Helens Quartet and The Shunpike will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donations can be made via check-please make payment to The Shunpike and include Saint Helens Quartet in the memo line-or at www.theShunpike.org/donate. Thank you for supporting the Saint Helens Quartet this year! Sincerely, The Saint Helens String Quartet