Fundraising event at Neruda a total success

Despite forecasts projecting at least eight inches of snow in Edwardsville, the turnout for the event to raise funds for the SIUE Wind Symphony at Neruda Restaurant was impressive.

Audrey Tallant, professor of music and chair of that department, was excited about the 70-plus people that turned out to support SIUE’s Wind Symphony.

“The event happened and was a success,” said Tallant. “The snow held off until about 8:30 p.m.”

Persons were asked to dine at Neruda on the evening of Jan. 19 and the restaurant would in turn donate 15 percent of its proceeds to assist the band with its trip to Taiwan in July.

The SIUE Wind Symphony was selected as the only American university ensemble to perform for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Chiayi City, Taiwan.

Those dining in support of the band were also entertained by music–courtesy of SIUE’s Department of Music–as they enjoyed Neruda’s fine cuisine.

“We had a flute quintet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which was just beautiful, and then a saxophone quartet from 6:45 to 8 p.m.–equally as beautiful,” Tallant said.

She described the event as a “total success” and added that there may be more fundraising events at Neruda in the future.

“Neruda provided delicious food and SIUE provided beautiful music,” Tallant said. “The owner [of Neruda] is on board for doing this again before the Taiwan trip.”

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