Carmel Symphony Orchestra League luncheon set

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From left, Gabriel Bruner and Lydia Rhea will perform at the Carmel Symphony Orchestra League fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra League’s mission is to support CSO educational programs.

The major step in that each year is the annual spring luncheon, which is set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at the Ritz Charles, 12156 Meridian St., Carmel.

The fundraiser benefits the Young Artist Competition and the sponsorship of the annual CSO Family Fun concert, which was recently held.

“It’s a wonderful event,” said Mary Eckard, chairman of publicity and one of three co-chairman for the luncheon. “Our pride in what we do is to raise money for these types of educational programs. We’re trying to raise as much as possible because it isn’t inexpensive to do either of these things. There is cost for putting on the Young Artist Competition and awarding them with scholarships.”

Pianist Gabriel Bruner, Bloomington, and cellist Lydia Rhea, Fishers, will perform during the dessert portion of the luncheon. Bruner won the Young Artist Competition in 2016 and Rhea won it in 2015. Rhea is attending the Academy of Music Institute of Chicago. The Young Artist Competition, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to the winner, was held in December. Participants are eligible through their senior year in high school. Meridian Music helps sponsor the competition.

There will be tickets sold for drawings to win themed gift baskets during the luncheon.

The tickets are $45. For more, call 317-844-9284.