The William E. Schmidt Foundation was founded by Mr. Schmidt in 1992. Since then, one of the guiding principles of the foundation has been to encourage and nurture the pursuits of young people in the arts. As Mr. Schmidt's sister Anna Lee Hamilton said, "In the violent world of today, where cultures clash and conflict seems to prevail, we look to the arts to bring sanity and beauty into our lives. Music speaks a universal language. Music inspires our noblest impulses." It is in this spirit that the William E. Schmidt Foundation is pleased to foster the study and performance of vocal music among young people today.
The William E. Schmidt Foundation was a proud sponsor of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus' presentation of Joseph Haydn's The Creation. The concert was performed at 7:30PM on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Victory Theatre in in Evansville, Indiana.
More information at EvansvillePhilharmonic.org.
Bill and Casiana Schmidt recently sponsored a dinner and two concerts by the American Spiritual Ensemble at the Sarasota Opera House, honoring the opera's Executive Director Susan Danis (pictured right, photo by Rod Millington), in recognition of the recent renovation of the Sarasota Opera House and the receipt of the 2010 Florida Trust Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation.