ELKHART — The Elkhart County Symphony is saying thank you to the Lerner Theatre with new music stands and lights.
The symphony’s musicians held a fundraiser in November to show appreciation to their homebase, and at their next concert on June 14, they will use the music stands and modern LED lights for the first time.
“A Wreath for all Seasons is an annual fundraiser to raise money for the symphony, but at the same time, we felt that it’s important to have a fundraiser for a cause to give back to the community that supports us, that we depend on to continue into our 67th season,” said Susan Ellington, the symphony’s executive director. “We’re thrilled that the Lerner is our performance home, and we were thrilled when it was renovated a few years ago.”
The music stands at the Lerner were rusty and on their last leg, and the symphony often had to borrow lights to help musicians read sheet music in the dark, Ellington said. The new music stands and updated lights will be used not only by the symphony but all performing arts groups that take the stage at the Lerner, including the Elkhart Municipal Band. The municipal band contributed a significant donation that helped the symphony exceed its goal of $5,000.
“It’s an absolutely incredible gift to the space,” Lerner general manager David Smith said. “It’s neat to see how the community individually and collectively supports this space. For the symphony to come through with such a meaningful gift unsolicited, because they want to help and they’re appreciative of the space, it just means a lot to all of the citizens of Elkhart and means a lot to me and my staff.”
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