SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Symphony | Utah Opera has received a $1 million donation from the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation to sustain the symphony and opera’s effort to bring classical music to 150,000 Utah students annually.
“We are immensely grateful to the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation for their commitment to sustaining our art form,” Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Paul Meecham said in statement announcing the creation of the
Elizabeth Brown Dee Fund for Music in the Schools.
“Their generosity continues the Dee family’s multigenerational passion for music and music education, which has enabled the orchestra and opera to present world-class music and to cultivate future artists and audiences.”Comment on this story
According to the statement, Elizabeth Brown Dee found joy in music throughout her life and experienced its power to inspire at an early age. Born in 1921 and raised in Ogden, she learned to play piano in the family parlor.
Dee’s sister, Beverly Brown Lund, became an accomplished cellist, and in 1949 they and a friend scraped together enough donations for the Utah Symphony to perform its first concert in Ogden. Soon Dee, Lund, and their circle of friends, family and fellow music lovers committed to raising support for multiple Utah Symphony performances in Ogden each year.