Love to be in the air at Foy

William Peebles

The sound of string instruments will fill Foy with love tonight at 7:30 p.m. as Georgia Southern University’s Sinfionetta presents a Valentine’s Day themed concert.

The faculty concert will feature four selections from the Baroque and Romantic period; four GSU music department instructors will perform inside the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall in the Foy building. The concert will benefit the GSU music department’s string scholarship fund.

The four pieces of music selected for the concert pertain to the emotion most applicable on Valentine’s Day, love.

“From the beginning of human communication, music has been an essential connector of people,” Steven Elisha, director of the Sinfonietta, said. “This world contains people from different countries, backgrounds, genders and generations; yet throughout all the variables of humanity the one connecting entity is music.”

The concert will feature performances from Larisha Elisha on violin, Maestro Adrian Gnam on oboe, Michael Braz on harpsichord and Steven Elisha on cello.

Steven Elisha arranged the Valentine’s Day-themed benefit concert to raise support and money for the string department.

“I wanted to start a tradition here in Statesboro by providing a concert on Valentine’s Day that would give our community and our university a very special event where people could associate this day devoted with the love of music, particularly string music,” Steven Elisha said.

Steven Elisha hopes to make the event an annual occurrence, in an effort to raise community support of the arts and the Georgia Southern orchestra program.

Steven Elisha said, “This concert is one of hopefully many that will provide GSU and Statesboro with a true meaningful experience of the artistry of our wonderful faculty here, and to show that we must continually develop this program so that it may thrive.”