Following this year’s enormously successful Prince George Symphony Orchestra Book Sale, the Orchestra found itself with an embarrassment of reading riches. “People here in Prince George have been so, so generous,” says PGSO Executive Director Marnie Hamagami. “Not only did we sell a huge volume of books, but we received overwhelming donations of what seemed whole libraries of books of every sort. We’re well prepared for next year, I can assure you.”
Earlier this week Hamagami and Artistic Director Kevin Zakresky decided to share the wealth, donating some six crates of top-quality children’s books to the Pediatric Division of the Prince George General Hospital (along with a few adult titles to distract moms and dads).
“Outreach to children is such a big part of what we do that it seemed a perfect idea to let the hospital share in our book bounty,” said Hamigami. She and Zakresky delivered the books in person on Monday morning, in the midst of preparing for the PGSO’s collaborative performance the next day at the Gathering of the Elders.
PGSO Artistic Director Zakresky is “in residence” for much of the summer, conducting key members of the Orchestra in Judy Russell’s production of Les Misérables and the traditional end-of summer free performance at Fort George Park in early September. Also planned for family listening will be a new series of informal Sunday afternoon concerts to be held in the Two Rivers Art Gallery.