Originally created 01/04/06

Augusta Symphony conducts a fundraising drive



In an effort to provide the area with orchestral music, the Augusta Symphony is asking the community to Make Music Continue to Happen by pledging financial support to the symphony.

The goal for the symphony's 2005-06 annual fund campaign is $437,000, said Joseph Huff, the symphony's vice president of development.

According to information provided by the symphony, the campaign total represents 34 percent of the revenues needed to support the organization's programs for the year.

"Augusta should be extremely proud of its symphony," Mr. Huff said. "The quality of our orchestra is really amazing for a city our size. The Augusta Symphony is simply a great organization that does great work in our community."

Operation costs for the symphony have grown during the past few years, he said, and now total more than $1 million. Part of that includes free and educational programs such as Music in Schools, Music in Public Places, Music to the People and Thursdays at Noon.

Mr. Huff said donations to the symphony will help ensure that ticket prices don't increase dramatically and development of new programs such as Symphony Pops! Under the Stars can continue.

The symphony began with a group of 15 musicians in 1954 under the direction of Harry Jacobs. Today, it has more than 100 musicians and ranks second in Georgia behind Atlanta's Symphony Orchestra.

"The educational programs and outreach work by the Augusta Symphony reach many people of all ages and walks of life," Mr. Huff said. "This is evidence of our commitment to provide the highest quality orchestral experience for our patrons."

To donateDonations can be made to the Augusta Symphony online at www.augustasymphony.org, by phone at (706) 826-4705, or in person at the Augusta Symphony office on the second floor of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.