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 including disability, income and institutional isolation.
Now in its fourth year, the BRIDGES outreach effort has focused on people living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons disease as well as veterans—particularly those who are recovering from injury and PTSD as well as. 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 work has included in-depth work with Tremble Clefs Chorus through Jewish Children’s and Family Service and Goddard House of Brookline.
This year, we are excited to have begun additional partnerships with organizations serving people without permanent homes including Women’s Lunch Place and Health Care for the Homeless as well as bringing music to U.S. Naturalization Ceremonies to welcome new citizens.
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.