UNCG and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra have long made beautiful music together.
To show just how harmonious that partnership truly is, the UNCG Board of Visitors hosted a Sept. 27 event to shine a spotlight on the community partners.
Capital Campaign Director Michelle Schneider, right, chats with George Hoyle '90 and his wife, Kathleen Kelly, at the Board of Visitors' event. George is the Spartan Club executive chair and this year's UNCG Alumni Association Young Alumni Award winner.
At a kickoff reception, School of Music Dean John Deal, Chancellor Patricia A. Sullivan and Maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky spoke about the powerful partnerships between UNCG and community arts organizations, including the university's ongoing relationship with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
The reception was followed by the orchestra's season opening concert, featuring Mari Moriya, winner of the Lynam Vocal Competition, an international competition named for retired faculty member Dr. Charles A. Lynam and sponsored by the symphony and UNCG. In addition to the Lynam competition, the two entities are connected through the symphony's Chamber Music Series which is performed at the School of Music Recital Hall.
The relationship between UNCG and the symphony was further highlighted when Symphony President and CEO Lisa Crawford invited faculty, staff and alumni of UNCG who play in the orchestra to stand, and nearly half the musicians rose to applause.
Event organizer Terri Relos worked with Board of Visitors Chair Jed Dunn on this project. UNCG and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra are each essential in their own right; each provides Greensboro with the best musical experiences possible. But together they are a strong force in the Triad arts community and make our area a richer place to live, and the Board of Visitors wants people to know about this kind of community partnership, Relos said.
The Board of Visitors hosted a similar reception with Triad Stage in January and is planning future events with other groups.