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EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2015-2016 SEASON
This season's major education initiative is our Peter and the Wolf concert on February 7 & 8, 2016. "Peter and the Wolf" is a multi-sensory family concert featuring choreography by Columbus Dance Theatre, narration by local weatherman Jym Ganahl, and winners of our student concerto competition. Performances will take place at the McCoy Center in New Albany, Ohio. 

NASO wishes to continue to break barriers and perceptions associated with classical music by reaching out to a new audience that is underserved in the concert hall, neuro-diverse families. We are tailoring both innovative performances to be family-friendly, but specifically focusing the design of the Feb. 6 performance to accomodate a neuro-diverse audience. NASO will work with VSA Ohio, Helping Hands Center, the Autism Treatment Center of Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Autism Society of Central Ohio to develop a true "sensory friendly" performance where families can enjoy a relaxed, supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere. During this concert, audience members can feel free to move around, talk and BYO reinforcements and motivational systems. House lights will be turned on but dimmed, and "chill-out" zones, complete with live-streaming monitors, will be available in the lobby for those needing a break. Sign language interpreters will be on hand, and all NASO ushers and volunteers will receive specific training to accommodate our audience. Prior to concert day, NASO will provide a "Meet-Your-Seat" afternoon for families to stop by and get comfortable in the hall before the performance, and attendees will be able to download our "What to Expect at the Concert" Story Board from our website.

Click here to see an archive of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra's education and community outreach programming initiatives from prior seasons.

Columbus Dance Theatre and narrator Jym Ganahl joined NASO on February 7 & 8, 2016 in Peter and the Wolf. Saturday's performance was a sensory-friendly adaptation of the performance, to accommodate young children and families on the autism spectrum. Photo (c) Jack Garner
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BENEFITS OF A COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA

Audience Connection:  Seeing familiar faces on stage breaks the “high brow” barrier associated with going to the symphony.  As the professional core of NASO becomes familiar, we hope to inspire our audiences to go to the downtown theaters to hear them in their professional setting.

Programming designed for the community:  Through competitions, NASO will give local composers the opportunity to compose for the Symphony and student musicians the opportunity to appear as soloists.  We can program music to supplement the curriculum in the New Albany schools and consider requests from the community.  We will feature guest artists with ties to Columbus.

Valuable experiences for young musicians:  Sitting next to seasoned players in a formal orchestra setting is a prestigious and invaluable learning experience.
 
Semi-professional level of performance:  A community orchestra provides adults who enjoy music as a hobby the opportunity to perform.

BENEFITS OF A COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
Audience Connection:  Seeing familiar faces on stage breaks the “high brow” barrier associated with going to the symphony.  As the professional core of NASO becomes familiar, we hope to inspire our audiences to go to the downtown theaters to hear them in their professional setting.

Programming designed for the community:  Through competitions, NASO will give local composers the opportunity to compose for the Symphony and student musicians the opportunity to appear as soloists.  We can program music to supplement the curriculum in the New Albany schools and consider requests from the community.  We will feature guest artists with ties to Columbus.

Valuable experiences for young musicians:  Sitting next to seasoned players in a formal orchestra setting is a prestigious and invaluable learning experience.
 
Semi-professional level of performance:  A community orchestra provides adults who enjoy music as a hobby the opportunity to perform.

2016-2017 
SEASON CALENDAR*

RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Charles Yang, violin
Peter Dugan, piano
October 9, 2016, 3 PM

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
December 18, 2016 3PM

CASEY AT THE BAT
Student Concerto Winners
March 12, 2017
3 PM

POWER OF THE SEA
Susan Powell and Joe Krygier, percussion
April 30, 2017, 3 PM

*All concerts take place at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts 
NEW ALBANY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - 2016 - PRIVACY POLICY
Martyn and 
Lynne Redgrave
Helen W. Wildermuth Fund for Music
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