Symphonic citizens

Greystone residents might find themselves drawn out of doors by sounds of the symphony this summer.

Mindy Boggs, co-chair of the Greystone Symphony Committee, said residents aim to offer a free, Symphony on the Green, POPS concert June 19.

“I think anytime you bring community members together it lifts spirits,” Boggs said. “To have a live performance right here in your backyard — being relaxed, having a picnic and a family event.”

Emma Murly, director of artistic administration for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, said outdoor symphonies provide a special atmosphere.

“We’re really excited about being out in the community,” Murly said. “Many people find themselves intimidated by the symphony, but they really shouldn’t be — we want to reach out so more people can enjoy the beauty of the music.”

Boggs said the group encourages people to bring out blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the evening. The group hopes for about 1,000 people to experience the event. The sunset symphony is set to begin around 6 p.m. June 19 and last for two hours.

Murly said it’s encouraging to see community members take such an interest in the ASO.

“When a group of people is that enthusiastic about the symphony it’s a great thing because what they are doing is a huge undertaking and shows they are really passionate about the arts,” Murly said.

To bring the effort to fruition, the group needs community support.

Boggs said each title sponsor will be featured in a 60-second TV commercial run 30 days before the event, as well as on a jumbotron the day of the event. Title sponsor spots are to air during normal hours in high traffic areas of the Founders Clubhouse, the Legacy Clubhouse and the Tennis Clubhouse.

A title sponsorship costs $5,000 but comes with 10 VIP passes, complimentary buffet meals and other amenities.

A gold sponsorship runs $1,000, while companies and individuals can get silver sponsorships for $500.

To discover more information about becoming a sponsor contact Mindy Boggs at 218-4303 or by e–mail at mboggswriter@bellsouth.net or Roy Sewell at 515-6599 or roysewell1@aol.com.