A Night at the Symphony
Students at Armstrong have the opportunity to attend myriad events on campus, but Savannah’s rich cultural scene also offers a great diversity of one-of-a-kind opportunities around town. Thanks to the generosity of donors, more than $3,400 was raised to send over 100 Pirates to see Armstrong’s Savannah Winds Symphony make their Savannah Music Festival debut on March 26, 2012 at the Lucas Theatre.
Tickets were provided, as well as a dinner reception at the Student Union and transportation to and from the theatre. For out-of-town students, the easy access to transportation was key to the evening.
“The dinner reception and transportation were some of the best parts of the whole deal. I didn’t have to worry about parking downtown or getting lost,” said radiologic science major Helen Ajide, a native of Ilorin, Nigeria. “The dinner was great, as was getting to mingle with faculty, staff and meet other students.”
Cassian Nunez, a political science major from California, agreed. “It was very convenient. The entire planning of the night was well thought out and ran very smoothly,” Nunez said. “It was also practical to provide transportation seeing as not all of us have cars.”
The Savannah Winds Symphony is a community wind symphony directed by Armstrong’s Mark Johnson. The performance was dedicated to American Band Classics and crescendoed with a reprise of internationally renowned composer Philip Sparke’s A Savannah Symphony, which he wrote in honor of Armstrong Atlantic State University’s 75th anniversary in 2010.
“I am deeply proud of Armstrong and the Savannah Winds performance,” Ajide said. “The performance was great, and I am lost for words to describe how amazing it was.”