Briarcrest Middle School Art Teacher Melody Weintraub Volunteers Time and Talent To Help Save Memphis Symphony Orchestra
When Briarcrest Middle School Art and Theatre teacher, Melody Weintraub, heard about an artist’s opportunity to help raise money for The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, she volunteered her time and talent.
“I saw on MSO Facebook page, that Amro was donating violins, that could no longer be serviced for artists to repurpose into works of art, “ says Weintraub. “These pieces would then be auctioned to raise money for the Symphony. I knew that this was a very tangible way that I could help save our Symphony!
Weintraub then contacted Nancy Lee Jones, of the Symphony League, to see if she might possibly have any memorabilia from past MSO events that she could collage into the design. Mrs. Jones supplied her with a plethora of programs, old tickets and postcards. Weintraub also used a collection of vintage sheet music as part of her design.
“I was worried at first about the timing of the project since it was so close to the timing of the middle school musical I was directing at Briarcrest, ‘Disney’s, The Little Mermaid, Jr.’ So I formulated my ideas, gathered my materials to begin immediately after our play closed,” said Weintraub. “However, I was called out of town due to a family illness two days after our final performance, so I decided to take the materials with me to work on the violin during my trip. It became a conversation piece throughout my visit. I also kept updating the progress of it through my Facebook page,” adds Weintraub.
The completed violin titled, “Symphony in the Gardens,” will be part of a silent auction to raise money for the Symphony on April 15 at Amro Music on Poplar Avenue at Tillman, beginning at 6:00 p.m.