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Eric Metcalf Seats for Students Fund

Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet Eric Metcalf—a young man of exceptional promise whose life was cut short by a tragic rock climbing accident in July 2012.  As might be expected, Eric’s parents, Jim Metcalf and Kim Berthiaume, and their older son, Steve, had been thinking of appropriate ways to honor Eric and his passions.  Because of Eric’s love of classical music, his own notable musical accomplishments, and his regular attendance at North Carolina Symphony concerts, it seemed fitting that we meet to discuss opportunities that would support the programs he would have loved and that would create a lasting legacy.

After hearing about Eric’s extraordinary life the North Carolina Symphony - in collaboration with his family - has established the North Carolina Symphony Eric Metcalf Seats for Students Fund.  Eric often commented on how fortunate he was to be able to attend North Carolina Symphony concerts and wished that young people without the financial means could also attend concerts.  This endowed fund will provide seats for Friday night Classical Concerts in Raleigh for a select number of students and their parent or guardian—the number of seats dependent on the funds that are raised.  The North Carolina Symphony has a strong relationship with area educators and will work with local schools to identify qualifying students.

To learn more about Eric’s story and how you can support the Eric Metcalf Seats for Students Fund, click here.

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