Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

With only one concert left in the Pine Bluff Symphony season, I wanted to say how much I appreciate all the symphony has done for the Pine Bluff School District Orchestra Program.

They have been such a positive influence both visually and structurally. Students that would never have had the opportunity to learn to play a string instrument were supplied with an instrument through the symphony loan program. Several have later pursued music in some form as a vocation.

The Pine Bluff Symphony sponsored workshops in conjunction with the Pine Bluff Orchestra Association to help students have special attention and help with music for All-Region Orchestra. They also provided specialized clinicians from the Arkansas Symphony to help with All-State music. Students benefited immensely from the talents of these musicians.

The Pine Bluff Symphony concerts provided a visual education for life as a professional musician as well as cultural entertainment for our city and community. An annual children’s concert was performed each year for all the 5th grade students in Jefferson County.

Symphonies around the world today are struggling because of the availability of electronic music to substitute for live music. Pine Bluff has been so fortunate to have the opportunity to have a local symphony and I know we will all miss the joy and music it provided Pine Bluff.

I just want to say a huge Thank You to those who worked so hard to fund and promote the symphony, Dr. Charles Evans for all his help and perseverance, and those who supported this fine organization through the years. It was a job well done!

Christie Bonds, orchestra director,

Pine Bluff School District