Grants support Houston Symphony school concerts and Meals on Wheels

Posted on: April 8, 2015

“A symphonic concert series that brings classical music to Houston-area schoolchildren and an interfaith social service agency that provides meals to home-bound seniors are the recipients of a total $250,000 in Hearst Foundations grants,” reports Allan Turner in Friday’s (4/3) Houston Chronicle. “Receiving $150,000 for its David Dewhurst Concert Series is the Houston Symphony. Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston will receive $100,000 for its Meals on Wheels distribution center.… Begun in 1937 as a collaboration with the Houston Independent School District, the [Houston Symphony’s] concert series this year will provide full orchestral performances for 55,000 students in 21 area school districts. One-half of the students are economically disadvantaged. A total of 20 concerts will be offered at downtown’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts and at The Woodlands’ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. David Chambers, the symphony’s chief development officer, said the concerts for grades K-8 are formatted to nurture active listening, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Money for the Hearst grants will be used to expand the concert series through 2017.” The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation Inc. support “organizations working in culture, education, health and social service in the U.S.”

Posted April 8, 2015