Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $100K to support program for New Yorkers living with dementia

Posted on: June 1, 2021

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, based in New York City, has received $100,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its ongoing Orpheus Reflections, a program for New Yorkers living with dementia and their caregivers. Through the program, orchestra musicians present intimate performances for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers in venues including private care facilities and public spaces. Over the two-year grant period, Orpheus Reflections will reach approximately 1,050 individuals with dementia and caregivers through 42 programs. Throughout the past year, Orpheus has presented Reflections programs over Zoom; on June 29 at 2 p.m., Orpheus Reflections will resume live performances with a concert at the Queens Botanical Gardens that is also open to the public. The program will feature a string trio performing classical works and arrangements of popular tunes. Partner organizations and institutions for the Orpheus Reflections program include CaringKind, NYU Langone, Riverside Church, and the Unforgettable Chorus, a choral group for people with dementia and their family members.