Evans-Merrick Music Grant Supports ‘Symphony in the Park’

The Evans-Merrick Music Grant Fund, held at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF) in Tyler, Texas, awarded a grant to the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (ETSO) ‘Symphony in the Park’ to be held Saturday, September 4th at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, Texas. The free concert will feature patriotic and celebratory music for all ages.

“We are very thankful for the Evans-Merrick grant which helped bring this project to fruition,” said Robin Hampton, Executive Director of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.  “This is the first time our musicians have been together on stage since February 2020. Our goal is to hold an event celebrating the strength and resilience of East Texans after a most unprecedented year.”

The event takes place on Centene Stage at Bergfeld Park, 6:00 p.m. Saturday with ETSO’s Music Director, Richard Lee leading the 50 musicians. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or low-back lawn chairs.

ETSO Executive Director, Robin Hampton, said, “We hope that ‘Symphony in the Park’ will become an honored tradition in bringing families, friends, and the community together for years to come.”

The purpose of the Evans-Merrick Music Grant Fund is to support and encourage traditional or classical music activities in the East Texas region. Programs must be offered free to the public.

Other recipients of the Evans-Merrick Music Grant include: LeTourneau University for The Spring Masterworks Concert; Mount Vernon Music Association for a Children’s Concert featuring before newly commissioned piece for string quartet; East Texas Music Teachers Association to commission a composer and host a composer workshop; Longview Symphony to support education and music appreciation in the community; New Texas Sinfonia for a Fiddle Zoo for Kids.

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