Hickory – On June 4th from 6-8 pm, come support four teenage musicians as they prepare for the trip of a lifetime. Held at the Keiser Community Room at the SALT Block, the Western Piedmont Youth Quartet Fundraiser Dinner will benefit these young students as they prepare to travel to Germany.

This August, four student musicians will be traveling to Germany to perform at the Altenburg Music Festival.

Pictured here, Grant Develle, Rachel Palmer, Maggie Auton, and Lillia Chapman are four high school students in the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony. They have auditioned for the chance to take this once in a lifetime trip: traveling to Germany to perform at a prestigious festival with other ensembles from all over the world. They will represent Hickory and the Western Piedmont region as cultural ambassadors, connecting with other students and musicians in Hickory’s sister city, Altenburg. Traveling with the students are Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Thomas Michaels, Hickory native and the student’s piano accompanist. This trip is made possible by the combined efforts of the Western Piedmont Symphony and the Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association.

You can help support these students by attending the upcoming fundraiser dinner. Food will be provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Dine in and listen to the students perform or drive by for a plate to go between 5-8pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.wpsymphony.org, over the phone at (828) 324-8603, or at the door.