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‘Crown’ fundraiser benefits symphony

February 22, 2012


This Saturday, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association is holding its fifth annual fundraiser, “A Crown Affair,” from 7-10 p.m. at the Starkville Country Club.
Musical Malpractice will provide entertainment for the event. Tickets are still available at the Book Mart & Cafe on Main Street and from Starkville-MSU Symphony Association board members.
Barbara McLaurin, past symphony president, said the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association relies on the monies raised at this event each year for various functions.
“We have the symphony orchestra, the symphony chorus and programs for children,” McLaurin said. “One thing I think makes our organization truly unique is that all of our events are free to the public, and fundraisers like ‘A Crown Affair’ are part of the reason we’re able to do that.”
Starkville-MSU Symphony President Robert Phillips said the event, which serves as the group’s main yearly fundraiser, is always a fun evening for attendees.
“The Symphony Association depends on its fundraisers to contribute a substantial amount toward its annual $100,000 budget,” Phillips said. “We take pride in the quality of the symphonic music we have been lucky enough to bring to Starkville, but to do so takes interest, participation and money. We are always grateful for the support from the community.”
Michael Brown, MSU music department head and symphony conductor, said the event is a fun way for the community to show its continued support of the symphony association.
“It is always gratifying as the music director of the Starkville Symphony to have people respond to the music with their attendance and applause, but it is also gratifying and equally important to have friends who will respond to us with their financial support,” Brown said. 
Jean Marcus is co-chairing the event. Marcus said she plans to provide some surprise entertainment Saturday during the intermission, but would only provide a couple of clues as to what it might be.
“Why is it called ‘A Crown Affair?’” Marcus asked. “To whom belongs the crown? Who is the king?”
Marcus said last year’s event was so much fun that although the event was meant to be over at 10 p.m., people were still dancing and enjoying themselves at midnight.
“I like to put the ‘fun’ in fundraiser,” Marcus said.
The ability to experience the arts for free is something for which Starkville can be proud, Marcus said.
“When you have the arts represented in the community, it actually makes the community more economically positive to outside business and people who might be interested in moving here,” Marcus said. “It’s wonderful to have the arts so well-represented in Starkville.”
McLaurin said the symphony association is funded through grants, contributions and fundraisers as opposed to ticket or subscription sales.
The final two concerts in this season will be presented in the coming weeks. On March 3 the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra will present “Romantic Rendezvous,” and on March 26 the Starkville-MSU Symphony Chorus will present “Music of American Composers.”
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