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Evan Duke thanks communities for support for Foothills Philharmonic

Published on Saturday, December 30, 2017

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Members of the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.
 

Members of the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.

 



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Kory Vriese conducts the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.
 

Kory Vriese conducts the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

By DENNIS DUKE
President Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra

The Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra would like to thank the people of the city of Greer and surrounding communities for their wonderful support of our Christmas Concert.  The concert was also part of the Marine Corps’s Toys for Tots Campaign.  The community’s support made this a great success also.  The free concert was attended by nearly 700 people, and six boxes of toys were collected.

As was announced at the concert and during the Giving Tuesday Campaign, Foothills Philharmonic will be introducing the Future Stars Scholarship, a competition among musically talented high school juniors and seniors in the upstate South Carolina region.  The winner of this competition will receive a $1,000 prize for use in paying college expenses and will perform their winning selection with the orchestra.  Applications for this program will be accepted in the spring of 2018.  For more information see Foothillsphil.org.

The Christmas Concert was held on Saturday, December 16th at the Riverside Baptist Church on Suber Road in Greer.  A lineup of Christmas music including Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, and other seasonal favorites was conducted by Kory Vrieze.  A woodwind quartet performed prior to the concert.  Foothills Philharmonic has been conducting Christmas Concerts in conjunction with the Toys for Tots Campaign for five years.  Sergeant Burton Blackfox of the Marine Corps said, that it was fun and we received plenty of toys from your event.

Kory Vriese has been artistic director since 2011 and is a tour consultant for Kaleidoscope Adventures.  Foothills Philharmonic was founded in 2000 and started performing in Greer in 2011.

Foothills Philharmonic will provide other free concerts throughout the 2017 to 2018 season.  For additional information about performances and the orchestra, visit us on the web at Foothillsphil.org.

As was announced at the concert and during the Giving Tuesday Campaign, Foothills Philharmonic will be introducing the Future Stars Scholarship, a competitions among musically talented high school juniors and seniors in the upstate South Carolina region.  Winner of this competition will receive a $1,000 prize for use in paying college expenses and will perform their winning selection with the orchestra.  Applications for this program will be accepted in the spring of 2018.  For more information see Foothillsphil.org.

 

 

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