GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) More than 900 people with economic barriers and physical and mental disabilities recently had the chance to attend free performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony.
The 32nd annual “Access to Music” concerts were held on Thursday, April 14, at the Kroc’s Corps Community Center in Grand Rapids.
Music therapists from Spectrum Health participated in the concerts to make each one a more interactive experience. Guided intervention, sometimes using egg shakers and scarfs, encouraged listeners to pay closer attention to the music and elevated the experience with sensory-based, motor-based, or cognitive-based interventions.
Dozens of symphony volunteers assisted with the two morning concerts for all ages and one afternoon concert especially for senior citizens.
Grand Rapids Symphony’s mission is to present great music that moves the human soul, and “Access to Music” is one of the orchestra’s many efforts to see it reaches as many people as possible in the community each and every year.