As Macon loses symphony, Albany orchestra works to thrive
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Macon Symphony Orchestra recently announced that it will be performing its final show in October. But what about the Albany Symphony Orchestra? Are we in jeopardy?
Albany Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Joelle Fryman and Music Director Claire Fox Hillard told WALB News 10 that they were disappointed to hear the news in Macon, because the arts play a vital role for a vibrant community.
Fryman and Hillard said the Albany Symphony Orchestra is doing very well.
According to a news release sent out by Macon Symphony Orchestra Board President Bob Veto, there are two factors that play a major role in a thriving symphony: community support and corporate sponsorships.
Fryman said the Albany Symphony Orchestra wants to continue attracting a diverse audience.
"We're working to bring more people in the door, to fill the seats, to let the community know what it is that we do, so that they want to be a part of it," Fryman said.
Those with the orchestra also want to focus on their social media presence to keep more people informed on what's going on with the symphony.
As far as corporate sponsorships, the music director said the symphony is working to build stronger relationships within the community.
"It's a new era and I think that companies want to see what they're getting out of it… so we're working to tailor that," Hillard said.
Fryman and Hillard said the best way to support the arts is to buy a ticket and attend an event.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra plans to reveal their concert lineup for the upcoming season very soon.
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