Stonehill music students are now able to attend performances at Boston’s renowned Symphony Hall at no cost, thanks to a Boston Symphony Orchestra partnership spearheaded by Professor Lisa Redpath.
This pilot program, the first of its kind at the BSO, provides 50 college cards for the 2015-2016 season. The card allows holders to attend unlimited concerts through May 2016.
“Everyone who has attended thus far has enjoyed a remarkable experience and is eager to make ‘Saturday Nights with the BSO’ a regular event,” says Redpath, adding that students have already attended several performances.
Dependent upon how frequently and consistently students attend, this partnership between the BSO and Stonehill could become permanent. Redpath said it gives the BSO an opportunity to build their future audience while giving students exposure to music literature and world-class music and soloists.
“I get to see a world-class orchestra several times a semester,” says music major Emily Damore ’19. “My love and understanding of music has been broadened and I’ve met new friends. What more could you ask for? We are all very grateful.”
Inspiring students to perfect their skills further, violinist Kate Walsh ‘18, history and English dual major, says, “The BSO cards are a fantastic opportunity for students like us who love music to experience these professional performances. It shows how – if we put enough effort into our instruments – we could be one of those musicians on stage in a few years. The music is beautiful and it’s always fun to get a group of us together and spend a night in Boston listening so such amazing works of art.”
Stonehill College offers a major in visual & performing arts with a concentration in music and also offers a minor in music. Various opportunities of immersion into the world of music are available. Student form part of music and instrumental ensembles, attend workshops, learn about the history, theory, composition and world music and experience musical performance that broaden musical knowledge.