Message from our chairman, Lorene Thornbury
While the Orchestra year of wondrous music and activities is in full swing and high gear, the League has hit its “pause button” to change from the 2012 to 2013 membership year.
Readers should have received by mail a renewal or “please join us” letter and membership application. Click here to read the full message from our chairman, Lorene Thornbury.
The Excitement Continues
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra began its exciting 31st season by introducing a new conductor/music director. John Morris Russell, who also serves as principal conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, has been enthusiastically welcomed by concert goers, musicians and the Hilton Head community. He is equally comfortable whether at the podium, speaking with the audience, rehearsing with the orchestra, attending board meetings or working with youngsters in area schools. His passion for music and his love of learning is contagious. Under Maestro Russell's leadership, it is safe to say that the excitement will continue for years to come! Click here to read more information about our 31st Season.
HHSO Upcoming Events
HILTON HEAD INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPEPTION FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
The Hilton Head International Piano Competition, one of the leading international piano competitions in the United States, will hold its 18th annual competition on March 4 – 9, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church. This is the second year in which twenty of the world's best young pianists, ages 13 – 17, will compete for cash prizes, plus a Summer Music School Scholarship and an opportunity to perform in concert with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.
INTRODUCING A NEW GIFTING INITIATIVE:
THE 88 KEY SOCIETY
The formation of the 88Key Society is a new gifting initiative for those who wish to support the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Here is how it works:
THIRD ANNUAL FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON AND SILENT AUCTION ON DECK FOR MARCH
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 is the date for the League's 3rd Annual Fashion Show Luncheon and Silent Auction. The event, benefitting the HHSO and its Youth Programs, will be held at Sea Pines Country Club. Doors will open at 11:00 A.M. A social hour will allow time to view and bid on a wide array of unique silent auction items...
Sunday Musicales, exclusively for League members and their guests, are enjoying a wonderfully successful season. Claire Bryant and Friends gave an audience pleasing program for the October opener.
SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARSOne of the area's most anticipated events will again take place under the tent at Honey Horn Plantation. Scheduled for April 9 and 10, 2013, Music Director John Morris Russell will conduct as the “HHSO Goes Hollywood”, a tribute to music from the greatest movies of all times. Mark your calendars! You won't want to miss this exciting event. More information will follow.
A MESSAGE FROM MAESTRO JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL
One of my great musical loves is the music of cinema. From the classics of Steiner and Mancini to modern masters such as John Williams and Alan Silvestri, cinematic composers imbue films with their most expressive drama and emotion.
SPRING FLING-ANNUAL MEETING
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the League's Spring Fling – Annual Meeting on May 1, 2013 at Bear Creek Golf Club. This special event, planned for League members and their guests, will celebrate the League's 2012 – 2013 accomplishments Watch for more information and details in the coming months.
EXCITING NEW LEAGUE EVENT
Save the date of Sunday, September 29, 2013. The League will sponsor a delightful fund raiser entitled “Kitchens of Note”. Elegant low country kitchens will be on tour. Local chefs will be in the kitchens preparing their specialities and talented young musicians will serenade all those who attend.
Details will follow soon but be sure to put the date on your calendar now!
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IN FULL SWING
By now, all current and prospective League members should have received by mail a renewal or “please join us” letter along with an official membership application form. We urge you to fill out the form and send it along with a check $60 (couples) or $35 (single) to The League of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 6095, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938.
Although January is officially membership month, membership to the League is always open and available. Please contact Marguerite Miletic by phone (689-2246) or by email email@example.com. She will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding membership. She is also the person you need to contact regarding any changes in your personal information (mailing address, phone number, email address).
Do you want to become more involved? Do you have time to give? Do you want to make a difference?
The League always welcomes volunteers. This year, League Co-Chairs of Volunteers are Carol Gyllenhoff (843) 671-6758 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary Murray (843) 689-9594 or Mmurray296@aol.com. Please contact either of them if you have interest in helping at the Concours d’Elegance, Fall or Spring Luncheons, Concert Receptions or Symphony Under the Stars. Help is needed to sell prize tickets, man beverage stands, welcome attendees, monitor an auction room, bake cookies or furnish hors d’ oeuvres. In other words, the League needs volunteers for anything and everything!