March 14, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Valdosta Symphony Guild Hosts Upscale Resale Fundraiser March 19

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Symphony Guild will host its second BARGANZA from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Admission is $3.

BARGANZA is an upscale resale of quality used items. Visitors are sure to enjoy the opportunity to shop gently used children’s and household items, outdoor and sporting goods, home furnishings and décor, formalwear, and much more while also supporting music initiatives for the community. 

Proceeds will benefit educational programs offered by the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, including the Youth Concert Series, the South Georgia String Project, and Tunes for Tots.

The Youth Concert Series provides opportunities for area preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students and their teachers to experience special Valdosta Symphony Orchestra performances throughout the academic year.

The South Georgia String Project is an after-school music program where community students ages 8 to adult can easily access low-cost stringed instrument instruction. A joint venture of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Valdosta State University Department of Music, it is also a valuable, mentored teaching experience for VSU music students, as they lead technique classes, private lessons, and group classes. Performances are held several times a year.

Tunes for Tots is a once-a-year activity that introduces children of all ages to the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra by allowing them to discover the unique sounds of the violin, cello, bassoon, flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, trombone, tuba, as well as percussion and other instruments. 

Created in 1990, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra serves both the cultural life of Valdosta and the regional academic mission of VSU. The high standard of performance of the orchestra enables it to attract guest soloists of national and international renown to the Valdosta community. Its membership is a unique blend of resident artist-faculty, students studying professional music disciplines, talented community performers, and carefully selected professionals from a five-state region. Supported by an Advisory Board of Directors, the Valdosta Symphony Guild, VSU, corporate sponsors, and hundreds of individual patrons, the orchestra has become an important part of the cultural life of the entire region. Its live performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony won the 2014 American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

BARGANZA will be held at 1601 Baytree Road in the former home of Classic Art & Frame Co. near Valdosta Mall.

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