Symphonies for Seniors

EMSO has a special relationship with senior residence communities and proudly presents small ensemble concerts to audiences around the East Metro area. These concerts are always free and are open to all when the senior residences allow visiting from the general public.

Many of the seniors in these communities are unable to attend larger community concerts due to health, mobility, or transportation issues. EMSO’s Symphonies for Seniors offer residents the opportunity to share in the joy of live orchestra music in the comfort of a space they find familiar and accessible.

For the 2023-2024 concert season, EMSO is pleased to present small ensemble concerts for our senior residency audiences. The East Metro Chamber Ensemble will be performing regularly at these concerts. Led by EMSO’s concertmaster Aja Majkrzak, the ensemble includes 4-12 string players at each Sunday afternoon performance.

In addition, EMSO also sometimes sponsors other small ensemble groups, made up of EMSO musicians, that choose to perform a senior living facility.

New this season, EMSO is working on returning to presenting one or two full orchestra concerts at a senior living community that has the space to accommodate a large gathering. EMSO commonly performed full orchestra concerts in these communities before the pandemic, and we are assessing the best way to return to those performances in the safest way for our audiences and musicians.

Our orchestra is full of talented musicians who are happy to share their love of music with senior communities.

If your senior living community is interested in having one of the orchestra’s small ensemble groups present a live performance, please contact EMSO’s Communications Director at [email protected].

Praise for EMSO’s Symphonies for Seniors concerts:

“When you bring an excellent classical music program here to our residents, it improves their overall quality of life beyond just having a good music performance…It communicates to our residents that there is still sublime beauty in their world and that they (and music) are worth the effort. Your unique program with EMSO helps our residents get carried away from their health concerns, aches and pains, and loneliness for the time you are
playing. It is near impossible to think of anything troublesome when you are surrounded by an orchestra.”

  • Renee V., Director of Life Enrichment and Volunteer Services, Stonecrest Senior Living in Woodbury

2023-2024 Symphonies for Seniors Small Ensemble Concert Schedule:

Sunday, October 29, 2023 2:00 PM at St. Therese of Woodbury

Sunday, November 12, 2023 2:00 PM at Artis Senior Living of Woodbury

Sunday, November 19, 2023 2:00 PM at Oak Meadows Senior Living

Sunday, January 7, 2024 3:00 PM at Stonecrest Senior Living in Woodbury

Sunday, February 11, 2024 2:00 PM at Artis Senior Living of Woodbury

Sunday, April 14, 2024 2:00 PM at Carondelet Village

2023-2024 Symphonies for Seniors Orchestra Concert Schedule:

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 6:30 PM at St. Therese of Woodbury

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 6:30 PM at Stonecrest Senior Living in Woodbury

For more info please contact EMSO’s Communications Director at [email protected].