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Strand Notebook | Golf tourney supports Long Bay Symphony, Youth Orchestra

The Long Bay Symphony performs at the Myrtle Beach Music & Arts Center. The 13th annual Fiddler on the Green Golf Classic June 6 will benefit the symphony and its Youth Orchestra.
The Long Bay Symphony performs at the Myrtle Beach Music & Arts Center. The 13th annual Fiddler on the Green Golf Classic June 6 will benefit the symphony and its Youth Orchestra. The Sun News file

Whatever role you play in the 13th annual Fiddler on the Green Golf Classic, you will be supporting the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra and its Youth Orchestra.

The Fiddler on the Green Golf Classic is on June 6 at the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, 4900 National Drive, Myrtle Beach. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $60 per person if you are registered before Friday and $70 after Friday.

Dr. Charles Jones Evans has been the orchestra’s music director/conductor since the beginning of the 1996-97 season.

Some history of the orchestra can be found on its website, but here are a few facts about its vision, mission and how it reaches out to the community.

Its vision is “to play a leading role in the Grand Strand’s cultural growth in order to be recognized as a center for musical excellence and one of the best professional symphonies in the Southeast.”

The mission of the Long Bay Symphony is to “enhance the cultural and artistic environment of our region by providing the highest performances and programs which entertain and educate patrons of all ages.”

The symphony offers diverse and comprehensive programming to the eastern Carolinas regions through various entertainment and educational opportunities. During the season, the professional orchestra, Youth Orchestra and various ensembles will perform 25 to 30 concerts for more than 20,000 people. “The symphony and its education programs serve a diverse audience including minority populations and the disabled. Nearly one-third of our audience during the year consists of young people in our community,” it said.

The symphony has always considered educational programming for young people and adults as part of its mission, and has initiated programs such as the Young Peoples Concert and Musicians in the Schools.

The Long Bay Symphony Guild works hard to support the symphony financially and to bring it to the attention of the community in numerous ways, including having fun fundraisers.

In addition to the golf tournament and attending performances, there are a number of ways you can help support the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, and some of them are listed on the website.

Get more information about the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra and its programs at www.longbaysymphony.com. You can register yourself or your team by calling the symphony at 448-8379, or email Joe Heindlmeyer at joe.jssafety@gmail.com.

Contact PEGGY MISHOE at pegmish@sccoast.net or 365-3885.

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