Valdosta Daily Times

November 9, 2012

Orchestra: A blessing taken for granted

Staff Writer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — We sometimes forget just how extraordinary it is. Most towns of Valdosta’s size do not have a symphony orchestra, but our town does.

For more than two decades, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra has been bringing the music and worlds of Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, and numerous other composers to the ears and worlds of South Georgia listeners.

We sometimes take having a hometown symphony orchestra for granted. The Symphony Guild is one group that does not take the VSO for granted. The Guild works diligently to support the orchestra.

This weekend, the Valdosta Symphony Guild hosts its annual ball, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Valdosta Country Club. The event features the Fabulous Classics playing a variety of music. With the theme, Venice Dream, the ball also includes an auction and more. The Symphony Ball’s proceeds benefit the orchestra’s many youth and collegiate programs. Proceeds also benefit the Glenn Wisenbaker Memorial Concert.

Next weekend, Nov. 17, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra presents a concert featuring Higdon’s “String”; Schumann’s “Konzertstücke for Four Horns, Op. 86”; Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183.

Less than two weeks later, on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, the orchestra partners for the third time with Linda Chase and Dance Arts’ long-running tradition of presenting “The Nutcracker.”

All of these events should serve as a reminder of what a treasure we have in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.

A blessing which most towns our size and many much larger cannot boast.