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Beyond The Usual Gift: Musings on Giving & Building Trust

What does a financial adviser give to the client who has everything?

For three decades, Richard Bermont sent his clients the usual tchotchkes as holiday gifts, from umbrellas to crystal items, all bearing his company’s logo. But this past year, the Coral Gables, Fla., wealth manager decided the times called for something different.

He and his partner, Adam Carlin, made donations in their clients’ names to needy nonprofit organizations, including a women’s homeless shelter.

The response was nothing short of stellar.  Read on…

As our economy has gone through its challenges and pitfalls, it never ceases to amaze me how important the relationships built in “tough times” are.  I started my business at the beginning of a very challenging time in the history of our nation economically, and yet I’ve seen through good times and bad how people are apt to pull together especially during the hard times to help, encourage and support each other.

I have loved the ability to serve unconditionally and without expectation during these days.

People have been trained to expect salesman to call or visit and be kind only to ask for something in return, and often those folks feel like the salesman was only kind to “get something from them.”

Two points stood out to me in the WSJ article by Charles Passy:

1. Showing clients that you care by doing your research; this takes time and effort but helps people understand that we are in this together for the long run.

2. It positions a company as Socially Responsible. Giving back to society and helping those less fortunate as well as our decaying world are at the top of people’s minds.

The idea of honoring people with more than just token gifts and cards for their birthdays builds confidence and trust.

By giving gifts that last, from the heart, relationships are not only strengthened, but memories are made and people’s lives are changed.  Giving the gift of music… a V.I.P. membership for the upcoming season or a donation to [in our case] Symphony of the Southwest in someone’s honor could very possibly be the beginning of a life changing event for all parties involved.

Scott VanHoogstraat, Financial Advisor & SSW Board Member

Edward Jones Investments


Music Feeds…and Yes, We Fed!

Timed with the release of The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey about the Julliard cellist-turned schizophrenic homeless man Nathaniel Ayers Jr., Symphony of the Southwest participated along with the American League of Orchestras and hundreds of orchestras across the country to feed the hungry.

Last month at our March 21 concert at the Mesa Arts Center,  Symphony of the Southwest patrons turned out to not only hear wonderfully-played live classical show-stoppers, but armed with food donations to benefit the United Food Bank based in Mesa.

We’re very pleased to announce that our symphony supporters supplied United Food Bank with 558 pounds of food. That’s 436 people who will be served a meal thanks to your generosity.

Thank you from all of us at Symphony of the Southwest for caring about our local community. Those special patrons who donated and turned in vouchers at our concert will be hearing from us again soon in the next few weeks.

The Soloist – An Inside Look


A Cue From Grieg: Breathe In, Breathe Out…

lily_pad_lotus_flowerSometimes it all gets a bit overwhelming, but there IS an antidote in the form of classical music. If life’s stresses have you down today, take a moment or two to listen to the Morning Mood from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg and smell the flowers along the way. You can listen to the suite in its entirety live and in person this Saturday, March 21 @ 8pm at the Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater. Click for more concert details.



Romance, Passion & Piano Brilliance Encore Concert


A Classic Valentine Evening In North Scottsdale

Saturday, Feb 14 7:30p
at Homestead Community Center – DC Ranch,  Scottsdale, AZ
Price: $10 students & $17 adults

Age Suitability: Teens and up

Symphony of the Southwest performs an encore night of romantic classics featuring Mozart and Chopin, featuring winners of the international Schimmel piano competition.


Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Mozart: Concerto in C, K.467, for Piano and Orchestra
Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, for Piano and Orchestra

Homestead Community Center

9797 E. Union Hills Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85267
(480) 585-1641

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT use Google Maps or MapQuest as a source to get to the venue. The Symphony learned that Google and MapQuest does not send people to the right location. Use the directions provided below to get to Homestead Community Center and allow extra time to get there.
Directions to The Homestead Community Center from 101 North:

101 North (or East)

EXIT Pima/Princess

Head NORTH on Pima

Turn RIGHT @ Union Hills Drive (1st traffic light) heading EAST toward mountains

Straight up Union Hills Dr., pass 2 traffic lights, and go over a bridge

Entrance to The Homestead on RIGHT/South side of street above building (one-story large building)

If you come to Thompson Peak Parkway (stop light at top of hill) you’ve gone too far East.


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