St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra to Bring Music to Seniors

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      The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra is taking their act on the road!  Starting in October, they have plans to visit 15 senior facilities across the community. Since nearly half of their concert attendees are seniors, the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra felt they had a significant opportunity to impact the lives of seniors in our community by bringing the music to them. There are many studies providing evidence that music promotes overall wellness in the senior population by arousing positive feelings, easing chronic pain, improving memory and decreasing isolation, to name a few. The name of the project is Music for Seniors and they were recently awarded a grant through the Central Minnesota Arts Fund, a fund held at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

      The Central Minnesota Arts Fund recently awarded grants totaling $30,000 to five organizations, including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.  The Central Minnesota Arts Fund supports organizations and programs that make arts more accessible to all residents.  Some of the other projects included providing artistic experiences for low income youth through the YES Network, inclusive and accessible multi-cultural theatrical opportunities through GREAT Theatre, youth arts programming at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota and community performances through the Saint John’s University Fine Arts Series.

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