Aiken Guild brings Symphony Orchestra Augusta music to disadvantaged

Posted on: July 18, 2012

In Tuesday’s (7/17) Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Jeremy Craig writes, “For 26 seasons, the Aiken Symphony Guild has made it a point to bring classical music from the Symphony Orchestra Augusta to both adults and to children—children of Aiken and Edgefield counties who might not have an opportunity to otherwise listen to the symphonies of Beethoven and Strauss. It’s a passion for classical music since her own youth that has guild president Sheryl Phillips, and the organization, working to make the music available for all. ‘It enriches your world, especially, I think, for children who are disadvantaged who might not see beyond their neighborhood,’ she said during a telephone interview. … This year, the guild is bringing a new program to students and teachers. Offered through Carnegie Hall, the program brings teaching materials and manuals for students to learn about musical terms such as motif, melody and dynamics through Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. … The guild has ramped up its outreach efforts, with a Web site and Facebook page to bring fine music to the area by underwriting the cost of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta’s concerts at the University of South Carolina Aiken Etherredge Center.”

Posted July 18, 2012