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Sustainable Symphony returns to SkySong Farmers' Market

February 08, 2010

The Sustainable Symphony is making a return performance at at 7 p.m., Feb. 11., at the SkySong Farmers' Market.

The Symphony, comprised mostly of ASU students and alumni, concentrates on performing well-known and relevant orchestral music. Their 40-piece orchestra will be performing Dvorak’s New World Symphony as the Farmers’ Market concludes its business for the day. The farmers' market made its debut last October and is open every Thursday evening from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at SkySong through March 2010.

While farmers’ markets promote sustainable practices, especially the virtues of using locally grown produce and food products, the Sustainable Symphony promotes the arts as "sustainable" while challenging how current symphony orchestras present themselves, according to Symphony conductor Brian Viliunas.

“We believe that the arts are one of humanity’s most sustaining endeavors, with evidence of public art reaching back thousands of years,” Viliunas said. “We also are seeking an answer to the question of whether or not the symphony orchestra is sustainable in its current model.

“We are very excited to return to SkySong to perform in a place where you otherwise would not normally hear an orchestra playing.”

The Farmers’ Market is free to the public and open to everyone to attend.