Joshua Weilerstein has contributed the fees he received from the North Carolina Symphony to Equality North Carolina. Photo Credit: Facebook profile

LONDON, UK — Conductor Joshua Weilerstein performed with the North Carolina Symphony in October and has now chosen to gift his fee to Equality North Carolina. His decision was made on his own and not influenced by anyone.

He did this to honor “one of the most effective LGBT rights organizations in North Carolina,” he said in a letter published on Slipped Disc. He shared that he was “appalled” by the North Carolina General Assembly’s passage of HB2. And, he wanted to make a statement regarding LGBT equality, be it in North Carolina or across the U.S.

“To perform with a symphonic orchestra requires a profound sense of inclusion in order to listen, respond, and communicate together. If one person in that musical community is left out, the whole ensemble can crumble. The stakes are of course much higher for the LGBT community, and their fight for inclusion and acceptance continues to this day. In the aftermath of the electoral season, I believe it is even more important to reaffirm our support for all minority communities,” he added.


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