Note: This press release, provided by the WPS, announces a new grant for the organization and names the quartet candidates that are playing concerts during the orchestra’s ongoing Battle of the Bows program.


The Western Piedmont Symphony believes you’re never too young or too old to learn about and appreciate beautiful music. Through the generous support of the Kenneth K. Millholland and Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment Fund, outreach music programs for senior adults – Silver Serenades – are being made possible for our senior population. This Fund is a component of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

The grant supports string quartet programming for area senior citizens, including the Catawba County Seniors Morning Out program and several senior adult resident facilities.

These concerts are being performed by the Tetra*, Tesla, Kaia, and Omer quartets, which have been selected as residency candidates through the Battle of the Bows auditioning process. One of these ensembles will become the next Hickory Metro String Quartet. A formal announcement is expected at the end of the current season.

The Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Business hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm MondayFriday.

*Established at Arizona State U. (not to be confused with our ASU, in Boone).