Ron and Karen Toshner were introduced to the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra by a board member and found that attending concerts full of beautiful classical music rounded out their musical interests. As FVSO Season Ticket Holders, the two had enjoyed several performances at both Lawrence and Pickard Auditorium before the Center was completed in 2002. Now, they are Season Ticket Holders for both the Symphony and the Broadway Series here, and also choose to support the mission of the Center as Annual Partners.
Meet the Toshners
How did you first get involved with the Center?
We were delighted when the Symphony moved to the Performing Arts Center after its completion in 2002. We were very pleased with the quality of the acoustics and how the FVSO was enhanced by performing in this venue. Shortly after, we also started attending Broadway performances. We have been FVSO Season Ticket Holders for about 14 years and Season Ticket Holders for the Broadway Series at the Fox Cities P.A.C. for about 12 years.
What made you interested in becoming a Season Ticket Holder at the Center?
We enjoyed the performances and the variety of performances available at the Center. We had attended some performances in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Chicago but the convenience of attending high quality performances made the center even more attractive. As the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s reputation grew, we were very pleased to see a number of premiere performances in Wisconsin of Broadway shows at the Center.
When did you first decide to become an Annual Partner?
We believe that children and adults in our community should be exposed to the arts at multiple levels. The performing arts provide a richness of experience that can not only entertain us but also challenge us to learn more about others’ views. Because of that belief, we felt it was important for us to do what we could to support the arts in our community.
Being an Annual Partner is rewarding knowing that you are personally helping to provide outstanding performances for others in our community. And it’s very easy to do!
In your own words, what does it mean to you to have the Fox Cities P.A.C. in Appleton?
We believe the Fox Cities P.A.C greatly enhances the quality of life in Appleton by providing an extensive array of experiences that are convenient, affordable, and well-produced.