Symphony in the Stacks

We are thrilled to team up with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra (JCSO) for Symphony in the Stacks, an event that will bring free classical music to your library on Wednesday, June 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 2:30 p.m. performance is intended for children and families and the 6 p.m. is meant for an adult audience. The purpose of these concerts is to make live classical music accessible to the wider community, so the events are free and open to the public and attire is casual. Come as you are, but be sure to come early because seating is limited!

Both performances will feature five JCSO members: Peter Ryan on the library’s 1923 Steinway piano; Helen Bryenton and Abigail Boone on violins; Cameron Rehberg on viola; and Cherylonda Fitzgerald on cello. The children’s concert will be unique in that the musicians will each play short selections to demonstrate their instruments and then leave time for the kids to touch the instruments and ask questions.

Library Director Julia Turpin says that this library-symphony partnership has grown out of a shared desire to make classical music more approachable, comfortable, and fun for a more diverse audience. The Johnson City Symphony’s mission is to provide excellent symphonic music that enriches, educates, and entertains an expanding audience. This free public event gives both the symphony and the library a new way to reach people in our community. Julia says, “Like the written word, classical music has the power to evoke deep emotion, but we know that it’s often not as accessible. We’re working with the symphony because we want folks to feel engaged, not intimidated, by classical music. I hope people leave these concerts feeling inspired, entertained, or simply curious and excited to learn more about music.”

For more information about Symphony in the Stacks, email Julia Turpin or call 423-434-4457. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to learn about our other programs, resources, and services.

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