The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan Awards Grant to A2SO for A TASTE OF MUSIC
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is happy to announce that the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will support a three-year project, A Taste of Music: The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Goes to Market," with a $50,000 grant.
"A Taste of Music" combines two outstanding components of the A2SO's Education and Outreach programming - its Ensembles composed of professional A2SO musicians, and its Instrument Petting Zoos. With the A2SO's long-time commitment to serve Washtenaw, Western Wayne, Livingston and Oakland counties, this project will feature a total of 12 free outdoor concerts each summer in six area Farmers Markets. In addition to small ensemble performances, each "Taste of Music" Program will include an A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo, where children of all ages will have the opportunity to try out real violins, cellos, flutes, clarinets, trumpets and trombones. Child-sized instruments along with trained "zookeepers" ensure that even the smallest child will have a successful first instrumental experience.
With the growing understanding that performing arts organizations and classical music institutions must provide more accessible programming in order to reach new audiences and maintain existing interest in this genre, the A2SO has partnered with area farmers' markets which are not only essential gateways to fresh, healthy local food, but community gathering places for a variety of social, cultural andeducationalactivities. Farmers'marketsprovidetheA2SOaforumtoreachdiversepopulations as well as to provide meaningful work for its professional musicians.