In Thursday’s (11/18) Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Tarryl Jackson writes, “The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is planning to raise $1 million to wrap up its capital campaign, thanks to a grant from the Weatherwax Foundation. The foundation has pledged to match any new money that the JSO raises, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 to benefit the JSO’s $3.3 million campaign. The JSO is using the money to support a variety of upgrades to its downtown building and its programs. … The campaign started in October 2008 and has raised more than $2 million for various projects, including a new facade, two new in-school string teams, adult music education, expanded scholarships and Jammin’ at the JSO, a youth-oriented concert series. The capital improvements will include new acoustics, lighting and technology upgrades throughout the JSO building, 215 W. Michigan Ave. The money raised will also help support the building maintenance fund, and about one third of the campaign funding will help support the orchestra’s endowment. … People have remained true to their pledges, even with the struggling economy, said JSO’s music director Stephen Osmond.”

Posted November 18, 2010