Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Orchestras Feeding America

Orchestras Feeding America


This year, The Boston Civic Orchestra will participate in the League of Orchestras "Orchestras Feeding America" program.

A little background on the Boston Civic Orchestra: This orchestra was started in 1925 by the late educator, conductor and composer Joseph Wagner. This makes it the second oldest symphony in Boston. It really struck me that I had not heard more about this orchestra, being from Massachusetts so I decided to figure out who and what this orchestra is really all about.

The three main focal points this orchestra focuses on are #1) To Encourage Attendance #2) To Provide Orchestra Training #3) To Offer Performaces of Unusual and Contemporary Works

These three goals of the orchestra are all that ones that to me make the most sense for an orchestra to strive for. I like how the orchestra is a stepping stone for students and ametuer players to come together under solid managment to learn the ropes. This younger crowd will also fuel the want for playing contemporary music, which is so important to our upencoming music lifes. Music just keeps getting written, something new everyday.

Their concerts are held at Jordan Hall at New england Conservatory and Regis College in Weston.

The orchestra is currently being conducted by Max Hobart, a 27 year veteran as assistant concert master of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

One of the main goals this orchestra has is "To encourage attendance by a diverse population from the Greater Boston area by offering moderately priced tickets and by distribution of a number of free tickets to underserved populations in Boston."
I think its great that this orchestra is so commited to getting people into the concert hall that might not have the chance due to financial strains.  On the flip side now, this orchestra will also give back to the same people that helped into the concert hall.
All you have to do is bring a non-perishable food item to the all Beethoven concert March 9th and you will receive a discount coupon good for one of their 2014-2015 season concerts. The food then gets donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank
Orchestras Feeding America is a project that has reached over 250 orchestras from across the country and has collected nearly 450,000 pounds of food.
This is a great way to bring in audiences of all ages because they will feel a sense of duty and accomplishment by donating and helping people in need.  It's great when an orchestra is so committed to their community as a whole.

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