Spreading Good Cheer

“It was beautiful, inspiring and powerful. Several of the men who are our guests and residents shared with me how much they enjoyed the music. During this season of gifts, this was a gift to the men we serve. They really appreciated the ability to enjoy such beautiful music.” -Union Gospel Mission staff member following GTCYS’ concert 

Earlier this month, GTCYS orchestras uplifted audiences through six free community concerts across the Twin Cities. Students were delighted to resume this winter concert series for the first time since 2019, and we’re grateful for our community of donors who support these free performances which bring music directly to audiences.

Large room with orchestra performance and audience in chairs

Music moves hearts and minds, and Concert Orchestra did just that with their performance at Union Gospel Mission’s men’s shelter in St. Paul on Monday. Spirits were a little brighter, and we’re grateful to students and conductor Jack Reynertson for continuing this annual tradition of giving the gift of music to this special audience!

Orchestra performance

Conductor Mary Sorlie and Philharmonia West cheered up residents at Folkestone senior community in Wayzata!

Orchestra performance

Sinfonia West and conductor Laura Hebert brightened the spirits of seniors at Trillium Woods in Plymouth.

Orchestra performs on a stage

After plans for a private concert at a local senior center changed at the last minute, Philharmonia East and conductor Mary Sorlie switched gears and presented a free public concert on stage at Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

Orchestra performs in a large room with a colorful mural

Camerata and Philharmonic students’ joy really came through their playing at Roseville Lutheran Church in a terrific program led by conductors Kent Musser and Hisham Groover. So many happy families!

Orchestra performs in a small bright room with a christmas tree

Performing at Boutwells Landing in Stillwater is a long-standing GTCYS tradition dating back more than 20 years. Sinfonia East was thrilled to perform for a packed audience of seniors who cheerfully sang carols and applauded the orchestra with gratitude.

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