Artist of the day: South Shore Symphony Orchestra
It's not easy being part of a community orchestra in this day and age. Take, for example, the South Shore Community Orchestra.
Cobbled together from the contacts lists of founder Dominick Galati and principal conductor Jeff Jordan, as well as Craigslist, the southern Hillsborough County orchestra’s musicians range in age from teenage textaholics to snowy-haired retirees. They won't get rich from the money they make from audience donations; they barely make enough to cover the tank of gas the musicians use driving to and from rehearsals.
Still, for many of the musicians the group has already exceeded expectations. The group is filing for nonprofit status, an essential step for its financial survival. Galati wants to provide scholarships for music performance and education students studying at local colleges and universities. He also wants to perform at other venues — most likely churches — throughout South Shore. He said fall concerts have been scheduled, and a newly established board of directors has met to discuss ticket prices.
The South Shore Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic classics at a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Click here for details.
Sarah Hutchins recently spent some time with the orchestra. Click here to read her story.
-- Photo: Willie J. Allen Jr., tbt*