The new ways orchestras are connecting with their communities

Posted on: October 12, 2017

League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen and Las Vegas Philharmonic Concertmaster De Ann Letourneau discussed the innovative ways orchestras are reaching their communities last Thursday (10/5) with WWFM Classical radio host Rachel Katz. Rosen speaks about the League’s new report on orchestras’ education and community engagement efforts (at the 11:50 mark), which Katz explains is “a survey of its members about the ways in which orchestras are providing educational and wellness programs, and partnering with social service organizations that promote diversity or are tackling issues such as poverty and homelessness. Orchestras have been expanding some of their more traditional educational concert programs to include music education and training programs in schools and side-by-side rehearsal and performance opportunities for young and amateur musicians. Others have teamed up with organizations to bring music to homeless shelters or provide music therapy programs to hospitals.” The first segment, an interview with Letourneau, focuses on how “the Las Vegas Philharmonic will pay tribute to the victims of this past week’s tragic shooting and honor first responders at its October 14 concert to help heal the deep wounds being felt across the entire community.… Some tickets are also being given out for free to first-responders.” Click here for more on the League’s education and community engagement report.

Posted October 12, 2017