Tuned in Tuesday
February 7, 2024
Robert and Laura Green Receive Barbara Cone Award
The Barbara Cone Award, established in 1984, honors distinguished service in the advancement of music in the community and promotion of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s recipients, our own Robert and Laura Green, are truly a unique pair – a dynamic duo – who as a couple have provided stability and direction through economic challenges, a global pandemic, and the construction and opening of the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. With passionate leadership, Robert and Laura leave a lasting legacy in their commitment to the arts that will be celebrated for generations to come. They truly demonstrate service and dedication that is rarely seen more than once in a lifetime, and are most deserving of this very special recognition.
A successful portfolio manager and wealth advisor, Robert started his position as GSO Board Chair in 2014, and forever transformed the standards and expectations for this important assignment. Bringing a strong, proven business model to his new role, he incorporated the strategies of organization, strategic planning and execution, acquisition, patron and donor focus, accountability, marketing, public relations and fund development in his leadership style. He worked to engage the Board and the community in support of the Orchestra. Under Robert’s guidance, the GSO was well on its way to becoming the People’s Orchestra, reflecting the soul and essence of the community it serves.
Laura joined the Guild in 2007 after daughter Elizabeth Lane participated as a Symphony Debutante, and the organization immediately benefitted from her years of community leadership and volunteer service to the Junior League, her church, her children’s schools and the Tarheel Triad Girl Scout Council. She served as a Board member for 13 years. As President of the Guild, Laura led an experienced leadership team to launch our signature fundraiser A Notable Night and other community initiatives. Her particularly busy year was highly productive and raised the most funds in the Guild’s 60-year history in support of the GSO. She served as Presentation Ball Chair in 2013 and has been named Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2024 Ball.
With Robert’s blessing and support, Laura took her talents to the GSO Board and is currently serving in her second year as Board Chair. In this role she has created the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to provide a variety of fresh and innovative programming that appeals to a more diverse community audience. Most importantly, she has created the search committee to select a new Music Director for the Orchestra, through the Season of Seven initiative.
Together, Robert and Laura have demonstrated generosity beyond measure. For many years, they have opened (and still open) their lovely home to a variety of events and programs, for the GSO and the Guild – all in support of music education and appreciation. As Laura’s tenure as Chair of the GSO Board concludes later this spring, the two prepare to take on new roles – and arguably, their most important roles to date – that of grandparents. On behalf of the Guild, we congratulate you on your new addition to the family, and we thank you for your unselfish gifts of time, talent and treasure. Our children, and the children of the Piedmont Triad, are eternally grateful.
The ability to purchase tickets online is not yet available. Please mail check to GSG, PO Box 10408, Greensboro NC 27404 or call Mary Rush at 336-486-5355 to let us know you’re coming and pay at the door.
School Concert Week
In March, we will assist in bringing approximately 20,000 students into the Tanger Center to enjoy a dynamic concert by the full Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
We need many hands for this venture so please Sign-Up to for this important volunteer opportunity.
Thanks to Amy Evans, Renee Anguili and Kathy Caviness for leading our volunteer efforts this year.
Golden Antiques & Treasures Update
The Guild’s Booth (#11) at Golden Antiques and Treasures, 4237 US 220 Summerfield is decorated for Valentine’s Day, as well as Spring.
We would appreciate your donations of spring decor, garden motif items, as well as small furniture, lamps, pictures and mirrors.
Please add Ladies Night, Thursday, March 7 from 6-9 p.m. to your calendars. It is a fun night of special sales and delicious food.
Contact Vicki Steck for pick up or drop off at [email protected] or 336-501-6688.
- New Members -
Anika G. Ames
6090 Old Brick Store Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27455
Thursday, February 8
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Home of Marie Harrill
3101 Round Hill Road
All Guild members are welcome to attend!
Guild Members Celebrate at January Membership Meeting
We had a glorious luncheon at our Guild Membership Meeting on January 18th at the O’Henry Hotel. This year’s recipients of the distinguished Barbara Cone Award, Robert and Laura Green were honored, and we kicked off the beginning of our 60th anniversary year.
To start our 60th anniversary celebration, we were reminded that the Guild received the President’s Volunteer Action Award, presented to us in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. Receiving this award were Guild members Bonnie Cordes and Rachel Hull. The gowns they wore to receive this honor were on display at the luncheon. Bonnie’s gown was worn beautifully by Guild member Mary Ingram.
A special THANK YOU to Dennis Quaintance for surprising us with a huge discount on our bill from the January General Membership Luncheon. We enjoyed the beautiful space on an unusually bright winter day, delicious food, and impeccable service. Surprising us with an extra large donation was incredibly generous and we are all grateful. We know all our members will keep this in mind when making dining and lodging reservations in Greensboro.
We hope you enjoy memories of our luncheon!
Sip, Sip, Hooray!
The 2023 Debutante Mother’s Champagne Celebration was a joy filled event. Everyone gathered together on January 11th at the lovely home of Kristie Smith.
The laughter and merriment heard throughout proved that life’s most beautiful moments are created in the company of great friends, delicious food and, of course, Champagne! Cheers to an evening that will forever sparkle in our hearts.
’88 Keys’ Commemorative Piano Key
Consider supporting the Guild’s Spring fundraiser – ‘ 88 Keys. For a $100 donation to the Guild, you can dedicate a commemorative piano key in your name or in honor or memory of someone special to you.
To donate, mail your check to Greensboro Symphony Guild, P.O. Box 10408, Greensboro NC 27404.
Music Education Programs
4:30 – 5 p.m.
In-School Ensemble Concerts
Every year from January through March, musicians of the Greensboro Symphony give in-school ensemble concerts in all Guilford County Schools elementary schools.
The Brass Quintet, String Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and Percussion Trio combine to give over 70 performances and are heard by 12,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students!
Presentations introduce students to orchestral instruments, prepare students for attending full orchestral performances, encourage students to begin studying a musical instrument and include time for students to ask questions.
Upcoming GSO Concerts
POPS: Jefferson Starship
Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
Maestro Conductor: Jacomo Bairos
Piano: Terrence Wilson
Saturday, February 24 at 8 p.m.