Monday night, July 30, at the Carolina Music Museum, just before the final concert of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, South Carolina House of Representative members, David R. Hiott (District 4) and Neal A. Collins (District 5) presented Tom Strange, Artistic Director and Curator of the museum, with A House Resolution that recognized him and other members of the museum leadership for their vision and hard work in establishing this new cultural entity in South Carolina. In a cover letter to the leaders the two representatives pointed out that “…the museum has already brought a good deal of positive attention to our Great Palmetto State. We are proud to have it as a showcase of talent and tourism in our state.”
The museum has been open just four months, but has presented a regular program of music that often uses the instruments in the historic keyboard collection. Musicians from all over the world have been visiting artists as have artists from Greenville. While the museum features a world class collection of historic stringed instruments and square pianos, Greenville audiences have heard Baroque and jazz ensembles, concerts on the modern piano by virtuosos, all visitors are charmed by the delicate sounds of the harpsichords and appreciate the Sound Sticks that allow the instruments to “speak” to them of 18th century. Representatives Hiott and Collins struck the right chord when they finished their letter with, “Best wishes, too, for continued success in your mission to intemix and influence audiences of all ages through a total musical immersion experience.” The Carolina Music Museum, the first of its kind in South Carolina, thanks the House of Representatives for their support and hope one day we can host them here so they, too, can be immersed in another time.