The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is kicking off several new programs to make classical music more accessible to children in the community.
Kids for Klassics is a new initiative in which ASO enthusiasts can share their love of classical music with a local school by contributing a $500 sponsorship to a student ticket bank for ASO performances. A second program, Music Heals, will bring music to the sick as well as schools serving children with learning differences.
“The pervasive nature of popular culture combined with budget cutbacks in fine art programs in schools means that many kids grow up without any exposure to classical music,” said Katharene Poston Snavely, executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. “We know the benefits of exposure to music and the arts and we want to make sure youth get that exposure. We feel that it’s our responsibility.”