Guelph Symphony Orchestra

In the month of February,  members of the Guelph Symphony will mount a series of free concerts, in imaginative, unexpected and less formal settings, designed to engage, entertain and to be interactive. 
Music is a powerfully communicative and transformative language. It is one of the most basic and joyful forms of human expression. 
GSO has been operating youth outreach programs for eight years and in that time we have observed the strong desire in parents of young children give them opportunities to experience live classical music. We see such overwhelming joy in reaction to our KinderConcerts and Museum concerts. (Parents call to ask how they can prepare for the next show, and children regularly dress up as the characters in the shows we are presenting, and leave singing the beautiful melodies). We think that in presenting a series of engaging and participatory concerts as a Pop Up Orchestra Festival, we can reach out to an even broader demographic.
The Festival will launch on Family Day weekend and culminate in a main series highlight concert , for our patrons, at Harcourt Church on March 3rd.

* A costumed performance of "Carnival of the Animals" , with animals present, & an instrument petting zoo

*Two costumed, "Carmen and the Bubblegum Factory" performances at the Civic Museum 
free admission to the Museum that afternoon
*Orchestra Karaoke at City Hall
*Siegfried Idyll performed on the staircase (as originally intended) of a historical home (people at the top of the stairs-Cosimas perspective and people at the bottom of the stairs- Richard’s perspective) 
*St Joseph's Health Centre (featuring an orchestra sing-along and opportunity to try percussion )
The GSO Pop up Orchestra Festival is aiming to cultivate in audiences of all ages, a passion for and awareness of music through not just listening, but through direct experience. 
With this project we are trying to remove the financial barrier that bars many from attending and participating in classical music presentations. Through this initiative, we also want to foster a greater sense of community and connection to the arts. 
We believe that music has the ability to unite people, with the potential to reduce or even eliminate socioeconomic differences; to foster a sense of wonder, a sense of belonging, and to provide opportunities to experience classical music in less expected settings! 

Our long-term goal is for the Pop Up Orchestra Festival to become an annual event that allows community to regularly interact with classical music and musicians in a way that celebrates teamwork.

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