Dena Kay Jones joins other national musicians and award-winning students at the 5th Anniversary Fundraiser Concert for the Ruby Holland Foundation for the Arts. Although this is Dena's first time participating in this special gala concert, it is not her first time in working with its founder, Ms. Elizabeth Fullington.
"I met 'Ms. Elizabeth,' as her endeared students called her, while teaching and performing at the Orfeo Summer Music Festival held in Northern Italy. How can I describe my meeting of her? It's a combination of things that jolted me that day: her long, silver braids; unique fashion savvy; and beautiful Guyanese accent were combined with an amazingly confident, happy, and spiritual presence. She had a huge laugh to make everyone feel at ease, and yet there was a persistent leader in her character. This was a woman who was not afraid of anything, or so it seemed."
Dena thereafter discovered that Elizabeth Fullington, and the Ruby Holland Foundation for the Arts, symbolize an incredible, grassroots effort in providing international music education experiences to any student who shows the hunger and drive to better her or his art: whether they can financially afford it or not. Dena sensed a sincere ethos bubbling from the foundation and can't wait to perform on October 29th.
"I have heard the student winners through the 2022 online competition, and I can't wait to meet them face-to-face, to congratulate their parents, and to hear their pieces live. I will also be joining old acquaintances from my beloved Orfeo Music Festival as we gather to perform--but this time in Orlando, and through the eyes of this gracious ambassador of music. I'm excited to meet new people as well! I know the concert promises to be full of great music, so I hope people can join us!"