“Musicians from across the state hope to sustain the next generation of musicians who have lost much in the West Virginia flood with the ‘Orchestra of the Hills’ concert set for July 30 at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston,” writes Jeff Jenkins in Saturday’s (7/9) West Virginia Metro News (Charleston, W.V.). “West Virginia State University Director of Instrumental Music Scott Woodard approached the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra after hearing about the devastation of the June 23 flood to school bands. The students are in great need, Woodard said. ‘Their instruments have been washed away, band uniforms, choir risers, all of those types of things that are going to need to be replaced because of this natural disaster.…We’re hoping to get word to all of the symphonic musicians in West Virginia,’ Woodard said. ‘Whether they be professional musicians in the West Virginia Symphony, the Huntington Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony [and] community musicians and musicians from colleges and universities.’ … The July 30 4:30 p.m. concert will be free of charge with those in attendance asked to donate to the effort.… ‘Orchestra of the Hills’ … is currently accepting donations for the music programs.”

Posted July 11, 2016