In collaboration with the Empowered Youth of Columbus‘ Crime Prevention program and Columbus Parks and Recreation, the CSO provides free after-school group instrumental instruction to young children at Title I schools within the Muscogee County School District. Making Music Matters is designed to instill in them the discipline, powers of concentration, and teamwork necessary to be successful, not only in music but in life. It is teaching life skills through music. Our goal is not to create professional musicians, but rather to enrich students’ lives through the creative pursuit of musical skills. We are currently teaching in Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy, Dawson Elementary, Gentian Elementary, and Brewer Elementary.
The inspirational qualities of music can be a powerful force in shaping the education of our children. Orchestra Up Close is designed to introduce very young children to music through exposure to the instruments of the orchestra. Small ensembles of CSO musicians present hour-long programs to small groups of children, the size of the audience allowing for an “up close” intimacy that is not possible at larger concerts. The musicians perform and talk about their instruments. The children have the opportunity to make observations, ask questions, and, most importantly, to touch and play the variety of instruments in the CSO “instrument petting zoo.” This program is available to schools throughout the region, and is presented to more than 2,000-3,000 children annually.
Prior to specific concerts, Columbus area music students are invited to attend a master class taught by CSO musicians on technique and artistry. This master class series gives students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience while receiving immediate feedback from professional musicians. This program will give specific insight on soloistic and chamber performance practices as well as one-on-one instruction.
A group of CSO musicians perform conventional music in the most unconventional places. You never know where they might show up. Previous locations include Publix, Target, TSYS, and your local hospital.
Sensory Friendly Open Dress Rehearsals
Open Rehearsals take place on Saturday at 12:30 pm the day of our Masterworks and Legacy Hall series concerts. During the rehearsals, the performance hall doors are open and the house lights are on to create an informal setting that is welcoming to all. It is perfect for families with small children to gain exposure to the art form. It is also great for those who may not be able to sit long, are uncomfortable in the dark, unable to attend the concert at night, cannot afford the evening ticket prices and many other barriers that prevent people from attending concerts. The CSO breaks the financial barrier by encouraging attendees to “pay what they want” and provide a donation. By allowing them to set the price, the Open Rehearsals eliminate hesitation and expose people who have not had the capabilities to partake in the music that is being created here in Columbus.
Know the Score takes place one hour prior to each Masterwork and Legacy Hall series concerts. It is a thirty-minute lecture/interview/discussion led by Maestro George Del Gobbo and offers insight into the repertoire on that evening’s concert as well as features occasional visits from guest artists and other “persons of interest”. Admission is free to concert ticket holders. Know the Score will now be available via live stream on the CSO app.
Symphony U is a casual series of lectures, performances, and hands-on workshops to help attendees gain behind the scenes knowledge of the orchestra. The course is led by our Maestro George Del Gobbo and often features musicians from the CSO. The series has different themed classes each year, but classes are independent so patrons can attend one or two classes or the whole series. Attendees enjoy refreshments while learning and best of all, there is no homework or tests!