Austin Symphony’s free holiday concerts aim to reach new audiences

Posted on: December 23, 2015

“When was the last time you were at the symphony? A lot of people would say they’ve never been. That’s something the Austin Symphony Orchestra wants to change,” writes Victoria Maranan on Tuesday (12/22) at twcnews.com (Austin, Texas). “This holiday season, the ensemble is taking the concert to the community. Music rang out in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday. It caught visitors by surprise, eventually drawing them in. People clapped their hands and sang along as the Austin Symphony Orchestra played some holiday favorites…. Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community program takes the orchestra out of the theatre and into the public…. ‘It’s a way for us to reach people that might not be able to make it to the seasonal concert hall,’ … said [PR and Guest Artist Relations Manager Eric] Marshall. And many little ones too. ‘They’re starting to dance with the music and they follow around our chairs and look at what we’re doing. It’s a great way to reach a fellow musician in the future,’ said Austin Symphony Violinist Paula Bird…. The grand finale is Wednesday evening at Symphony Square.” The article includes video of Tuesday’s Austin Symphony performance at the Capitol Rotunda.

Posted December 23, 2015