After 15 years of producing Acoustic on the Green, music series founder Stilson Greene is stepping away from the project. Starting this year, the popular free summer concerts will be organized and managed by the town’s Parks and Recreation staff, which has been a partner in the program for the past 11 years.
“Last year I gave up many of my responsibilities, this year the Town will handle all phases,” Greene wrote in a letter to sponsors and performers. “This decision has always been my goal for Acoustic on the Green—to have a seamless transition so the series would continue as part of the fabric of Leesburg. The Town shares my vision in the series regarding the caliber of artists and the total audience experience.”
Greene said while the decision will free up more time to spend with his family, he won’t be stepping away from his other musical and charitable ventures, including the all-star Jingle Jam concert that raised a record $20,442 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation last month.
Greene thanked the series’ performers and sponsors for helping build the Acoustic on the Green series. “I believe it will continue to be what the Washington Post and Washingtonian both called ‘the best continuing outdoor concert series in the area,’ and what the musicians and audience call ‘the outside Birchmere,’” he wrote.