You want to know why the Eastern Sierra Symphony is awesome. Because they’ve decided to make it free.
Of course, it’s not actually free to put together. You need advertisers and patrons to help put on a show, and talent doesn’t work for free, except for the interns (I like this intern concept. I think Miczulski should drop out of school to become a full-time intern).
But it is free to consume. And for the first time this year, both of the Symphony’s weekend concerts will be free of charge to those who attend at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday nights).
As the Symphony’s Executive Director Aimee Kreston explains, “I pushed to make the concerts free because we don’t want cost as a barrier to hearing this music. We want to share it.”
So how can they afford to make it free? Because of generous donors who open their homes to the visiting musicians. And also because of financial support from the Town of Mammoth Lakes (via Measure U) and Mono County.