Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is pleased to announce a new cooperative effort of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Evansville Ballet Company to provide free tickets for middle school and high school students for their upcoming Christmas programs.

Students of the Memorial Baptist Church Tutoring Program will receive tickets for this Sunday’s Philharmonic Christmas Peppermint Pops concert and next Saturday’s performance of The Nutcracker, performed by the Evansville Ballet Company and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Memorial’s tutoring program is available to any student in the Evansville area. The tutoring is offered on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the church. Church members volunteer as tutors and mentors for the students. Tiera Crowe, Memorial Baptist Youth Director offered, “these students are dedicated to their education and the after school program. I am grateful to the Philharmonic and the Evansville Ballet for providing these students with a special reward for their efforts.”

Mayor Winnecke, and his wife Carol McClintock, initiated the project as a way to reward young students who are working hard to reach their educational goals, and who may otherwise not have the means to attend either the orchestra or the ballet. “This opportunity will expose students to new experiences that will enhance their education,” Mayor Winnecke said. “I’m thrilled that these performing arts organizations recognize the importance of community outreach and even more pleased that dedicated students will experience two dynamic live performances,” Winnecke said.

The Mayor hopes the program can be expanded to include additional events and student organizations.

For more information, contact Tiera Crowe at 425-5050 or via email to, or send an email to


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