Boston Symphony launches “BSO in Residence” initiative in area neighborhoods

Posted on: September 29, 2017

“With ‘BSO in Residence,’ the Boston Symphony Orchestra has launched an initiative to support collaboration with surrounding communities,” writes Zoë Madonna in Friday’s (9/29) Boston Globe. “The program’s first neighborhood of focus is Jamaica Plain, where BSO players will participate in community events for the next three years.” BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins said that the BSO “ ‘came to the conclusion, rightfully so, that the orchestra really needed to expand its footprint’ … and referred to the players as ‘a natural body of teachers and mentors and inspirations.’ … The community-engagement program fits with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Boston Creates cultural plan…. The program’s launch will be celebrated at this Sunday’s concert in Franklin Park, which will feature performances by the BSO and the Boston Pops led by Wilkins, Boston Pops music director Keith Lockhart, and BSO music director Andris Nelsons. Pre-concert programming draws from groups that reflect the diversity of the neighborhood…. In the weeks and months to come, BSO players will visit a library and multiple schools and participate in community events, and high school students in the neighborhood will be offered a card that grants free admission to multiple Symphony Hall concerts.”

Posted September 29, 2017

Pictured: Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins at work with young musicians. Photo courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra