Seattle Symphony orchestra is well known for being one of America’s greatest orchestras and has made nearly 150 recordings. The orchestra also has a great emphasis on outreach and community work and its projects reach around 65,000 people each year. Recently Seattle Symphony created an initiative called Simple Gifts, an organisation providing artistic services to people affected by homelessness.
Seattle Symphony's Simple Gifts
Path with Art is part of the We Are All Here initiative. Students will take part in a 16-week course to create an original score, inspired by artistic banners. Inspired by the understanding that to solve community problems, we must first come together as a community, We Are All Here makes use of poetry, visual art and music as a way to bring diverse populations together for meaningful conversation. Work for this score will begin in October and will be premiered in March 2017.
Youth and adult participants from local community groups will create artistic pieces of the holidays in Charles Ives’ New England Holidays. The community-curated artworks will be displayed as part of the performances conducted by Music Director Ludovic Morlot at Benaroya Hall on February 2 and 4, 2017. This work aims to spark conversations, inspire reflection and amplify the voice of participants and the project hopes to build deeper community connections for Seattle Symphony audiences.
The Lullaby Project is a project where Seattle Symphony musicians and Teaching Artists work alongside mothers to create personal lullabies for their children. The musicians and Teaching Artists meet with participating mothers in a creative workshop where mothers express their thoughts and hopes for their children in writing. Working with Symphony musicians and Teaching Artists, they pull out words, phrases and themes to create personalized lullabies for their children.