“Ruth served on our Orchestra’s Board of Directors for many years,” said Symphony Board President Karen Smith, “and now the Funk’s generosity is extending even beyond their lifetimes. Their gift is further tangible evidence that the Wilmington Symphony is appreciated as a valued asset to the Region and that there is belief in our local Orchestra’s importance and permanence.”
Wilmington Symphony Conductor Steven Errante was on hand to announce that the 2016-2017 concert season is being dedicated in honor of Gaile Zack, a founder of the Wilmington Symphony. “Soon after her arrival to Wilmington in 1971, Gaile worked tenaciously and tirelessly to organize a local orchestra,” said Errante. “Last month she announced her retirement from performing after forty-five seasons. The lives of so many citizens across southeastern North Carolina are so much richer because of her work.”
During the festivities, Board President Karen Smith also confirmed plans to establish a downtown presence with the upcoming 46th season. “We are excited to announce that our Orchestra will be performing in the spacious, acoustically-engineered Wilson Humanities and Fine Arts Center,” said Smith. “The availability of a new performance venue located in what has now become the center of our Region’s growing population base coincides with our Board’s plans to increase the Orchestra’s accessibility,” Smith added. “The Wilmington Symphony has long been a civic resource and quality-of-life indicator for the Cape Fear Region, and so we are proud to now be a community partner in downtown Wilmington’s vibrant cultural life.”
Emcee for the evening was Makenzie Henderson of WWAY NewsChannelTV3. “Wilmington’s music, art and culture touches us all either directly or indirectly,” said Henderson in her closing remarks. “Tonight we celebrate not just the Wilmington Symphony’s first forty-five years, but also the start of a new season and a New Day for our Orchestra’s service to southeastern North Carolina.”
The upcoming season marks Steven Errante’s 30th Anniversary Season as Conductor. A Masterworks Series highlights classical music from four centuries, and this year Symphony Pops! collaborates in a very special encore performance with Tony Award winner Linda Lavin along with pianist Billy Stritch and jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein.
Information about the concert season and the Wilmington Symphony’s youth education program is available at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.
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