Music for a Great Space Announces the Ingram Memorial Endowment

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The Music for a Great Space Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of the Ingram Memorial Endowment. The organization began raising funds for this endowment in 2008. Since that time arts patrons from all over the country and world - many right here in Greensboro, and some as far away as California and England - have donated over $33,000 in support of this endowment.

As his final act before stepping down as President of the Music for a Great SpaceBoard of Directors, Dr. Timothy Lindeman worked to finalize the creation of the endowment. Lindeman says, "Our donors and patrons have been so supportive over the years. Now it's our turn to give something back: ensuring that the work Music for a Great Spacedoes in our community will continue in perpetuity."

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ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion agrees, "The funding of Music for a Great Space'sIngram Memorial Endowment is another fantastic example of the strong support our community has for our local arts organizations. Triad area residents understand the economic and cultural value that quality arts organizations bring to our city. Music for a Great Space has had a wonderfully successful presenting history over the last 23 years, and this endowment will ensure that the organization's chamber music concerts and educational programming will endure - just as founders Henry and Lucy Ingram intended."

The purpose of the Ingram Memorial Endowment is to support the mission of Music for a Great Space: to present a series of inspiring musical performances and educational offerings. The Ingram Memorial Endowment funds an annual concert in honor of Lucy Ingram and in memory of Henry Ingram.

23 years ago Henry and Lucy Ingram founded Music for a Great Space (MGS) as a way to showcase the magnificent performance spaces and organs in Greensboro, especially the C.B. Fisk Organ, Opus 82 at Christ United Methodist Church. The series quickly grew to include other instruments and genres. Today,Music for a Great Space presents a wide variety of chamber music, including piano, jazz, organ, vocal, and other instrumental ensembles.

After Henry's death, the MGS Board of Directors decided to establish this endowment in honor of Lucy and in memory of Henry. The goal of this endowment is $50,000, and at this time 66% has been raised. Now that the endowment has been created, the current Music for a Great Space Board of Directors has a new goal: to raise the remaining $17,000 by the end of the season on April 11, 2014.

To accomplish this goal, Music for a Great Space will be hosting a dinner fundraiser on Friday, March 21. The dinner will be at 5:30pm at Christ United Methodist Church, enabling patrons to attend both the dinner fundraiser at that evening's Ingram Memorial Concert at 7:30pm. Performing will be the world-renowned clarinet-piano duo of Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu. Tickets for the dinner are $20, and the concert tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students. All proceeds from the dinner and concert will be added to the endowment.

Lucy Ingram, who still serves as MGS Artistic Director is most proud of the work the organization has done in recent years to reach out to younger audiences. She is always quick to tell young families thatMGS offers free babysitting for the concert with an advanced reservation, and that two young people, aged 16 or under, can also attend the concert at no charge with an adult.

Ingram says, "In addition to trying to make the concerts accessible for young families, I think the work we've been doing in the schools the last several years has been quite remarkable." Last fall MGSpartnered with the Classical Music Across Cultures Project to bring Grammy-award winning violinist John McLaughlin Williams to 11 schools over the course of 4 days. Just last month, MGS presented pianist Alpin Hong to an auditorium full of high school students at Weaver Academy. "This season alone, we have impacted 1,700 students in Guilford County," continues Ingram. "Next year we're going to bring a percussion group, a tango ensemble, and another duo to our students. Watching the students connect with the artists and grow musically is so rewarding." 

Current MGS Board President Dr. Kami Rowan is excited for even more new educational initiatives from the organization. Rowan says, "We're still in the early planning stages, but it's safe to say that we will be impacting many, many more students over the next few years."

Executive Director Dr. Rebecca Libera adds, "Reaching our goal of $50,000 in the Ingram Memorial Endowment will not only be a dream realized for Henry and Lucy, but will ensure that MGS continues to present inspiring musical performances and educational offerings for years to come."

The deadline to purchase tickets to the dinner is Monday, March 17. Tickets for the evening concert will be available at the door and in advance at www.musicforagreatspace.org or through the Carolina Theatre Box Office at (336) 333-2605. Adults $18, seniors $15, student $5.  Each ticket holder may bring two young people age 16 and under to the concert for free. Free babysitting is available for this event.  Request babysitting at least 48 hours in advance at www.musicforagreatspace.org or call (336) 638-7624.

About Music for a Great Space

Music for a Great Space (MGS) is an independent non-profit musical arts organization bringing the finest musicians to the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. The mission of Music for a Great Space is to present a series of inspiring musical performances and educational offerings, opening doors to the diverse cultural interests of the Piedmont Triad community. Learn more at www.musicforagreatspace.org.

The work of Music for a Great Space is made possible with funding from ArtsGreensboro and the  N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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