South Carolina Philharmonic


March 22, 2012

VH1 “Save the Music” to benefit SCP Youth Orchestras

The South Carolina Philharmonic is announcing a new association with the VH1 “Save The Music” campaign, a national movement helping to raise money locally in support of the SCP Youth Orchestras.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in U.S. public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. VH1 partners with sponsors Jet Blue, Starburst candy, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and the William Hill® Estate Winery to raise money nationwide.

Money raised locally through sales of William Hill® Estate wines will benefit the SCP Youth Orchestras, the Midlands’ only community-based orchestra training organization.

Throughout April and May, the William Hill® Estate Winery will donate a portion of its wine sales through 15 area restaurants. The special fundraiser kicks off with an invitation-only launch event March 28, 2012 at Saluda’s Restaurant in Columbia’s Five Points. The establishments participating locally are Blue Marlin, Cellar on Greene, Cock ‘n’ Bull, Gervais & Vine, Liberty Tap Room, MoMo’s Bistro, Mr. Friendly’s, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Rosso Trattoria Italia, Ruth’s Chris, Saluda’s, Solstice Kitchen, Thirsty Fellow, Tombo Grille and Villa Tronco.

The list of participating restaurants will be available on

Midlands residents can see the three ensembles of the SCP Youth Orchestras program, the Strings, Repertory and Youth orchestras, perform live in their final concerts of the season Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Koger Center beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door from 2:30 p.m. at $10 for adults and $5 for students/children.

Dr. Jerry Gatch is the conductor of the advanced-level Youth Orchestra. Andrew C. Preston, Jr. is the conductor of the intermediate Repertory Orchestra. Nicole Neely is conductor of the beginning-level Strings Orchestra.

Since its inception in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children. 

Media Contact

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