Trips to the Symphony Center for Jack and the Beanstalk, engaging music & stories at Open Books, and a Music Together class with the ever-energetic Mary Thilleman. It’s hard to think of more enjoyable ways to support an organization enriching Chicago with classical music. In working with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, our goal, as the More Than Milk community, was to further the mission of the Institute for Learning, Access, and Training. During our two month feature, we promoted active participation in music and provided increased access to the extraordinary resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to foster musical connections among our children (starting at infancy).
Through 2 volunteer opportunities, 2 story times, and 1 Celebration of Music, over 70 families sparked a connection with the CSO and engaged in music. We continue to be extremely thankful for our active community of families and growing support from local businesses. Here is a look back at our activities and projects with the CSO:
- 32 volunteers, 30 kids, & 9 sitters participated in our Once Upon a Symphony project. Volunteers greeted patrons, parked strollers, answered questions, protected railings and stairs, and helped to make the event enjoyable for families.
- After volunteering, participants young and old were invited to experience first-hand, the symphony’s creative approach to sparking musical interest in young kids. Imaginations were inspired by the vivid storytelling and accompanying classical music of Jack and the Beanstalk.
- On March 11, 2012 a Civic Orchestra of Chicago percussion trio connected with over 100 families & wowed youngsters at the Bump Club and Beyond’s Birthday Bash.
- We hit a story time record in April with 22 kids participating and the fabulous addition of Marsha’s music.
- 19 families actively participated in our Celebration of Music of at Merry Music Makers.
- Community Sponsors over the 2 months included Merry Music Makers, Marsha’s Music, Happy Family, Building Blocks Toys, and On The Go Chicago.