State Rep. Rick Catlin joined John Lyon, AT&T regional director of external affairs, in presenting the contribution to Reed Wallace, the symphony’s executive director.
“Whether through classical pieces which lift the soul, or a Pops number that sets toes to tapping, the Symphony has blessed the Cape Fear region with exceptional music for nearly 45 years,” Catlin said. “And while I enjoy their performances, I am just as excited about the work they are doing to engage students in classical music. Not only are they enriching these young lives today, but they are preparing the performers and conductors who will carry this music to future generations.”
The Orchestra’s unique and unduplicated youth programs include a regional Youth Orchestra for 9th-12th graders, a Junior Strings program for 6th-8th graders, Student Concerto Competition with three age divisions, and Free Family Concert.
“We believe that music and music education is a vital part of a well-rounded person and a fulfilling life,” Wallace said. “So we are committed to creating life-long learning opportunities and to broadening the accessibility of symphonic music to young people as performers and participants. We appreciate the support of leaders like Rep. Catlin and his commitment to making our region, and our state, even better places to live.”
Organized in 1971, the Wilmington Symphony has established a unique artistic profile and has grown to become an esteemed civic resource for the Cape Fear Region providing value in cultural arts and entertainment, music education, economic development, identity and image, pride and prestige. Each year the Orchestra performs a series of concerts that include a Masterworks Series, Symphony Pops! and Family Matinees. The performances are designed to enrich, entertain, and educate audiences and to demonstrate music’s ability to transform the human experience and lift audience and performers beyond their daily lives.
“Throughout our history, AT&T has been a strong proponent of education and in helping students prepare for a successful, fulfilled life,” Lyon said. “Extracurricular programs such as music teach lessons that go far beyond the notes on a page, lessons a student will rely on for a lifetime. We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the work of the Symphony, its musicians and staff in making a difference for young people and the community.”
For more information about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, go to www.wilmingtonsymphony.org or contact the Symphony office at 910-791-9262 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.