Town of Oakville receives new acoustic shell donation from the Oakville Symphony Orchestra

Monday, February 06, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville receives new acoustic shell donation from the Oakville Symphony Orchestra

Expect a brand new sound at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts! On Saturday night, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton accepted a state-of-the-art acoustic shell from the Oakville Symphony Orchestra (OSO).

“On behalf of all Oakville residents, we thank the OSO for this donation,” Mayor Burton said. “Arts and cultural groups, like the OSO, strengthen Oakville’s sense of identity and play an important role in helping our town achieve its vision of becoming the most livable town in Canada.”

The new acoustic shell, valued at more than $100,000, serves two purposes: one, it balances and blends onstage sound, allowing musicians to better hear themselves play; two, it blends and projects the sound further into the audience, enhancing the acoustic experience. Thanks to the OSO’s donation, the new portable shell will be available for use by many of the acoustic performers at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

“We’re excited to bring this new acoustic shell to Oakville,” said OSO chairman Simon Scott. “Without the generous support of Jean and Ian Grieve, this donation wouldn’t have been possible. I hope it’s loud and clear how thankful we are for this state-of-the-art equipment.”

Mrs. Grieve provided the funding to OSO for the acoustic shell. The donation was made in her name, and the name of her late husband, Ian. The Grieves have always been strong supporters of the symphony. Jean plays in the cello section of the orchestra and was a founding member of the symphony 44 years ago. She is also a founding supporter of other musical groups in Oakville, including the Oakville Suzuki Association, which provides instrumental education training to children.

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Media contact

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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