Magazine article International Musician

AFM Local 123 Fosters Positivity and Connections in Richmond

Magazine article International Musician

AFM Local 123 Fosters Positivity and Connections in Richmond

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In the midst of a four-year negotiation, the musicians of the Richmond Symphony (VA), otherwise known as Symphony Musicians of Richmond (SMOR), managed to keep a positive outlook and give back to the community. By connecting with audience members, working with other local unions, and hosting benefit concerts, more than $6,000 was raised and many new relationships were established.

Most recently, members of SMOR and AFM Local 123 (Richmond, VA) collaborated with area unions to produce a holiday benefit concert This Holiday Classics concert, held in the International Brotherhood of Electricians Union Hall, raised more than $3,000 for the Holiday Hope program run by the Central Virginia Labor Federation. The program provides Christmas trees, presents and meals for needy families in the community. Local unions, including International Brotherhood of Electricians Workers (IBEW) Local 50; Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 2201; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 358; and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 995, participated. AFM Local 123 President George Tuckwiller was among the performers. Connecting with other unions proves to be a great way to broaden the base of supporters.

Perhaps the highlight of the year was a concert to benefit the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. SMOR and Local 123 musicians were led by famed conductor Benjamin Zander in an open rehearsal and performance. The musicians sight-read, allowing Zander to share with the audience the process of rehearsing and bringing an orchestra to its potential. …

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