Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Foundation is pleased to announce that Bill and Josie Paddock will serve as
honorary chairs for its annual Duke Symphony Orchestra concert fundraiser on
April 1st. As longtime supporters of Beaufort Memorial and music lovers
both, the Paddocks have always enjoyed the concerts.
Bill served on the Beaufort
Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees for 12 years, half of them as Chair, during
which time he saw the hospital grow and expand its services at an impressive
pace. He also knows how very much our local hospital depends on community
support, noting that “this concert is a wonderful opportunity for us all to
come together for a really good cause.” As one of the Foundation’s most popular
and successful fundraisers, it has raised a total of nearly $285,000 to support BMH’s Healing Arts Program in the Keyserling
Cancer Center and other facilities.
For 14 years now, Conductor
Harry Davidson has traveled with more than 60 Duke students and faculty to
perform works of well-known and emerging classical composers. “Our
musicians look forward to the concert each year,” he says. “As our only
performance away from Duke, the Beaufort concert is really a highlight of our
“Our audience responded to
the opening number with a spontaneous standing ovation the first time they
performed, and they’ve been a hit every year since” recalls Alice Moss,
Executive Director of the BMH Foundation. Bill and Josie agree,
adding that “the students are incredibly talented and energetic, and the
audience is filled with people of all ages just soaking it in.”
Josie attributes this largely to the conductor’s
personal style. “He does an amazing job of drawing the audience in as he sets
the stage for each new piece. It’s fun and interactive, and we always come away
with a much deeper appreciation of the music.” Another feature of the
evening is the collaboration of the orchestra with the USCB University Chorus
directed by Victor Varner.
After the concert, Patrons have the opportunity to
join Davidson and the musicians for a special Conductor’s Reception at the historic
Louis Reeve Sams House on Bay Street, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Myers.
Make Plans Now! General admission tickets are $35. Patron tickets start at $75 and include premium seating plus an invitation to the
post-concert Conductor’s Reception. Ticket prices will be
higher at the door.