The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and American House Senior Living Communities will bring individual musicians and small ensembles from the orchestra to engage with residents at over 20 American House locations in the metro Detroit area throughout 2013, officials said in a recent news release. The expanded partnership between the two will also cover a wide geographic area spanning from Roseville to Westland and Riverview to Pontiac.
The DSO launched its Neighborhood Residency Initiative (NRI) in the fall of 2011. The events, comprised of orchestra concerts, chamber music, educational and social service partnerships, and senior engagement programs focused in and around six metro Detroit communities: Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield, and West Bloomfield. In early 2012, a series of customized small ensemble performances were piloted at three American House locations in these communities. In 2013 over 30 of these concerts will be presented in and around these areas.
“We’re committed to enriching the lives of our senior citizens throughout the area,” said Bloomfield Hills resident Rob Gillette, Chief Operating Officer of American House, which is headquartered in Bloomfield Township. “Countless studies have shown the benefits of both music and a rich social life in older adults. We are confident this partnership will prove beneficial for both our seniors and the DSO musicians themselves.”
Music initiatives are becoming part of American House culture
This partnership is a collaborative initiative of the DSO’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative, and American House’s own life enrichment program, which is a holistic combination of rich experiences and wellness, including group outings, community exercises, and healthy food options. In addition to this partnership, residents of American House formed a traveling choir in mid 2012, led by conductor Daniel Greig.
“At American House residences, we are able to deeply engage with music lovers that are unable to travel to performances,” said Kareem George, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Managing Director of Community Programs in a news release. “Our musicians are making personal connections with former decades-long subscribers as well as seniors new to classical music. We are so thankful to American House Senior Living Communities for this opportunity to provide a special service to our seniors.”
In addition to the tailored small ensemble performances, DSO musicians will present “Inspiration Days,” in which American House residents will learn more about these artists’ paths to becoming professional musicians, hear and watch them demonstrate their instruments, and have the opportunity to ask questions.
These programs will span across over 20 metro Detroit area American Houses, where the aim is to reach over 1,000 senior citizens and their families that otherwise might not be able to experience live classical music.