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TUBA TAKES CENTER STAGE!

The Charlottesville Symphony Society is very pleased to announce that the Principal Tuba Chair has been generously endowed by Robert L. and Christine M. Elliott of Keswick, Virginia.  Investment earnings from endowed chairs help pay the compensation of the orchestra’s sixteen Principal players.

Jess Lightner currently holds the Principal Tuba Chair.  Starting as a substitute in the brass section during the 2016-17 season, he became Acting Principal in 2017-18 and was named Principal at the start of 2018-19.  He holds the rank of Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and is a tubist with the Ceremonial Brass/The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.

Bob Elliott is an emeritus member of the Charlottesville Symphony Society’s Board of Directors.  He served on the board for nine years during which he was Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair and President.  He notes, “When Chris and I moved to Virginia in 2009, we were excited to discover the Charlottesville Symphony.  Like everyone else who attends these wonderful performances, we fell in love with the Symphony.  We quickly became season subscribers and have been blown away by the  depth and quality of the [orchestra’s] sound ever since.

“Chris and I wanted to do something special to support our beloved orchestra.  Seizing the opportunity to endow the Principal Tuba Chair enabled us to create a legacy that will provide tangible financial support for an organization that has brought us so much joy and happiness.”

Bob and Jess look forward to playing golf together when Jess resumes trips to Charlottesville for rehearsals and concerts!

Jess Lightner, Principal Tuba

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