The Bridges project: Connecting Music to Mission
An integral part of the Back Bay Chorale’s mission is to celebrate and share the unifying power of music, and to expand our community by reaching out to new audiences. In that spirit, the Chorale has created BRIDGES, a program dedicated to bringing our singing to those who are unable to attend live musical performances because of various barriers such as disability, income, institutional isolation, etc.
Now in its third year, the BRIDGES outreach effort has focused on two specific groups of individuals: patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and veterans—particularly those who are recovering from injury and PTSD. Smaller ensembles from the 120-member auditioned chorus have traveled to care facilities such as Standish Village in Dorchester, Cornerstone at Canton and the Chelsea Soldiers Home with accessible programs that prompt memories and participation for residents.
This year, we are excited about a new partnership with the Tremble Clefs, a singing program for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, under the auspices of Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Back Bay Chorale members have participated in Tremble Clefs rehearsals this fall and the groups will perform two selections together at our December concert, “A Boston Christmas”.
In addition, BRIDGES has begun a photo and text-based initiative called “Why I Sing”, to portray how deeply important singing is to the people we meet through BRIDGES – for well-being, enjoyment and human connection.
Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett is passionate about the positive impact that the BRIDGES project is already having. “Music has such power—at any age, in any language, in all of its different forms. We are fortunate to perform in such an accessible vibrant arts community here in Boston, but with that privilege, we also have a responsibility to share our gifts and offerings with people who may be nearby but are simply unable to access music in more traditional settings. The BRIDGES project makes this possible, and brings additional and important meaning to the work that we do.”
For more information on the BRIDGES project or to request a performance, contact bridges AT bbcboston.org by email.