July 2023 Donor Spotlight - Bill and Jayne Turpin

Music moves us. It moves us to tap our feet and dance to its rhythm. It moves us internally, eliciting memories and feelings of deep emotion. And it moves us to share in its wonder with the people around us. It is this power that compelled Bill and Jayne Turpin to become involved with the San Diego Symphony and help it share its music. “Every single person we’ve taken to the Symphony loves it,” said Bill. “We have gotten way more out of the Symphony than they have ever gotten from us, and it’s broadened our horizons.”

The Turpin’s began their relationship with the San Diego Symphony while attending the Symphony Summer Pops concerts where they fell in love with the music, the scenery, and the comradery they found there. “We have developed a whole corps of friends through the Symphony,” Jayne said. “It’s great for us, for our family and friends, and its wonderful for the community.” Bill and Jayne enjoy bringing people to concerts at The Shell and experiencing all the different styles of music the programming has to offer. “No matter what your musical appetite is, there is something here for you,” said Bill. “It runs the gamut from young to old.”

The Turpin’s first gift to the Symphony was in support of the Concert Under the Stars program in 2016 to benefit veterans and military families. Bill is a Navy veteran who served two tours during the Vietnam War. “As a veteran it made sense,” he said. “It’s a wonderful thing for families, especially if their loved one is deployed, they can come and be in this beautiful setting and enjoy the music.” Through its engagement of the military service community, the San Diego Symphony helps provide access to thousands of service members and their families with free tickets and community concerts throughout the San Diego area.

Since that first donation, Bill and Jayne have become strong supporters of the Symphony through The Future is Hear, the campaign in support of the construction and maintenance of the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park®, as well as through their membership in the Beethoven Society, which provides sustaining financial support for the Symphony and its operations year after year. “It really became an important part of our lives,” Bill said. “When we got involved with The Shell, it was a distant concept. And Martha Gilmer said we’re going for it and pushed it through. She is a big part of why we like to go there.”

The Conrad Prebys 2023 Summer Season at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park® is well underway. With an incredible lineup of artists and classical works coming up in August, it sounds like the best is yet to come. Thank you, Bill and Jayne. We will see you there!

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