The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) held their annual meeting Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the University Club, downtown.
SPMH President Peter Koenig welcomed nearly 150 members of SPMH and their Patron organizations and shared key highlights of SPMH's work over the last year. True to its mission, the Board focused its efforts over the past year on preparing Music Hall for closure and ensuring the building remains top of mind in the community during renovation. This included a $38,000 investment to remove and store Music Hall artifacts, a $50,000 challenge grant to CET for an independent documentary on the restoration, a revitalized tour program, ''Beyond the Bricks,'' which will continue during Music Hall's closure, and on-going support to conserve Music Hall's historic art-carved organ panels. SPMH also pledged $3MM to MHRC, earmarked for the restoration of Corbett Tower.
Don Siekmann, former SPMH President and a member of the Nominating committee, introduced newly elected Board Members, Phillip Long and William John Ryan, and thanked retiring Board Members, Barbara Harshman, Ramon Rodriguez, Rosemary Schlachter and Sue Sommer.
Guest speakers, Otto Budig, Jr. and Stephen Leeper, capped the meeting with an exciting, exclusive inside-view of Music Hall's restoration work to date, the current status of the fund-raising efforts, and a detailed vision of the new Corbett Tower, thanks to SPMH's significant gift.
SPMH's mission is to Preserve, Promote, Improve, and Provide Education about Music Hall in order to perpetuate Music Hall as the premier cultural center of the region, and as a National Historic Landmark of international significance.