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Support JC Symphony, local arts programs

Staff Report • Oct 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The Johnson City Symphony kicks off its 43rd season Saturday with an orchestral trip to Russia. Opening night will feature the music of such Russian greats as Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert, which will be under the direction of conductor Robert J. Seebacher, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Individual concert tickets are $30, $25 for seniors (65 and older) and $10 for students. A limited number of free student tickets will be available at the door.

Our area is very fortunate to have the Johnson City Symphony. Many communities much larger than ours aren’t so lucky. The symphony is one of the arts that helps to enrich a community. And likewise, if the arts are to survive and prosper, programs like the symphony must have support from the community.

These are tough times for the arts and community orchestras are feeling the pinch most profoundly. Some symphonies in this country have taken extraordinary measures to deal with their financial difficulties. Other orchestras have been forced to end their programs.

The JCSO relies on concert ticket sales to cover 20 to 30 percent of the orchestra’s operating costs. The remaining portion of the budget is covered by private donations and corporate sponsorships, which have seen a dramatic decrease in recent years.

Season tickets are still available online at www.jcsymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 926-8742. Tickets for the entire season range from $70 to $120. The JCSO accepts Master Card, Visa, and Discover.

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