New innovative program to share music close-up

A new program initiated by the SC Philharmonic will bring music up close and personal to the citizens of Irmo. Kicking off on Monday, April 8, a group of 4 string musicians performed for residents at a senior care assisted living facility, Generations, in Irmo.

While the SC Philharmonic is perhaps best known for its performances of live symphonic music on stage, members of the orchestra and staff work closely with local partners to develop inclusive educational outreach programs to fill the needs of the Midlands community. ‘Music in My Neighborhood’ answers the call as one of the most ambitious community outreach programs devised by the organization in the 21st Century.

“This is the first ever program for this area and we’re proud to bring it to Irmo,” said Robin Hallyburton, Development and Deputy Director for the SC Philharmonic. “Other municipalities have already expressed their interest in the program and we hope it will grow from there.”

“The Music in MyNeighborhood initiative centers around providing live music experiences in a variety of spaces for diverse audiences,” said Education and Community OutreachDirector, Susan Cafferty. “The SC Phil believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy high-quality live music experiences; therefore, all the performances will be inclusive, accessible and free.”

“Supporting school districts, music teachers and music students is one of the foundational values of the SC Phil,” Cafferty continued. “During Music in My Neighborhood week, our musicians will visit schools both performing and engaging with students of all ages. The teachers are working with our organization to provide educational programs that will enhance and supplement classroom instruction.  These students are our future SC Phil musicians, audiences, board members and patrons.”

“The South CarolinaPhilharmonic has been recognized locally, and has even presented nationally about our unwavering commitment to providing accessible programming for everyone,” said Executive Director Rhonda Hunsinger. “We take immense pride in remaining steadfast with our mission to enrich the lives of individuals across our community with the transformative power of symphonic music.”

There will be a full week of concerts including Irmo Elementary, Young’s Chapel AME Church and ending on Saturday, April 11, in the Community Park of Irmo amphitheater.