The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving gifts.  Although December’s focus may be on gifts that can be wrapped, the Philharmonic Association believes that music is a wonderful gift to give and to receive.  Our Holiday Ensembles Program aims to bring joy to the community during the holiday season by giving the gift of music to the people in the community in need of such a gift.  Our holiday ensembles perform at locations like nursing homes, retirement communities, museums, malls, and other locations throughout the Triangle.    

This is the second year in a row that we will be offering our Holiday Ensembles Program.  We invite string musicians from our full orchestras and from our Triangle Youth String Sinfonia to participate in the program.  The musicians rehearse together as a group for several rehearsals scheduled throughout the first two weeks of December.  Then they are  divided into groups ranging in size from string quartets to groups of twenty.  Each musician will be assigned to two performances unless more are requested. This year, we have nine performances scheduled for our holiday ensembles. 

Holiday Quartet performs at Falls River Retirement Community

Many of the musicians who participated in the program last year have already signed up, but we need more musicians!  If you are a string musician from TYO, TYS, TYP, or Sinfonia and you are looking for a way to use your music to serve the community this holiday season, visit the Holiday Ensembles Sign Up emailed to musicians and parents by our parent coordinators.  

Residents at Hillcrest Retirement Comunity watch Philharmonic Association Holiday Ensemble's Performance

Both the musicians who participated in the program last year and their audiences were uplifted by the experience.  Many of the people in our audiences had not heard holiday music performed live by a group of youth musicians.  Many tears were seen in eyes, smiles seen on faces, and clapping or singing along to the music was a common occurrence.  The gratitude expressed at the conclusion of each performance was sincere and deeply moving.  We are excited to be invited to perform this year at each of the nursing homes and retirement communities that we performed for last year. 

We look forward to sharing photos and stories from this year’s Holiday Ensembles Program throughout the month of December!