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2016 Friends of WRR Musical Instrument Drive

2016 Friends of WRR Musical Instrument Drive To benefit 5 local youth music programs

DALLAS, TX (October 2016) – Friends of WRR is proud to present its second annual Musical Instrument Drive to benefit the education programs of five local music ensembles. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00-7:30PM at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Musical instrument donations can also be taken to any of Sewell Automotive Companies’ nine Dallas-Fort Worth locations and the Dallas Sam Ash Music store from October 17-29.

The drive will collect gently-used orchestra and band hand-carried instruments (no over-sized instruments please). The beneficiary organizations will then distribute the instruments to students in their respective education programs. Friends of WRR will pay for minor refurbishment of instruments that need it.

The beneficiaries are the education programs of Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings, Dallas Winds, Fine Arts Chamber Players and Fort Worth Classical Guitar Society.

Friends of WRR is a community of passionate members who collaborate with Classical WRR 101.1 and the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs to promote education and appreciation of classical music and the arts to WRR listeners and the community.

“In addition to supporting our local classical music station, Friends of WRR also supports music education for students in North Texas,” said Steven Kornajcik, chair of the Instrument Drive and chair of the Friends’ board. “This drive is one way we do that by distributing instruments to student musicians so they can continue their music education, which has been proven to help young people in many ways including improving academic performance.”

Inspiring young musicians to pursue their art is key to the aims of the DSO education department said Jamie Allen, director of education for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “We are so pleased to partner once again with the Friends of WRR, the Dallas Winds, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players and other beneficiaries on this day of sharing and support for the aspiring musicians of North Texas, and we love to connect with the generous folks who donate their instruments and hear their stories!”

“Sewell is pleased to provide our nine area stores as instrument donation locations for a second straight year,” said Stephen Tolerico, Chief Marketing Officer of Sewell Automotive Companies. “We are proud to support the Friends of WRR Musical Instrument Drive and the contributions the program makes to support the arts in our local schools.”