In 2014, we began a partnership with ArtHouse. ArtHouse provides free arts programs to children and youth ages 7-17 and to seniors, most particularly to individuals and families who may not have the discretionary resources to access fee-related activities. In lieu of box office receipts, the OCO audience donated money towards the purchase of a violin for an ArtHouse student musician, who would otherwise not be able to afford an instrument or the music lessons.
In 2017 we began a joint Recital Program for Halton Community Housing Corporation Seniors in Oakville, Burlington and Milton. OCO Flautist Susan Edmonds entertained over 30 seniors at Longmoor and Walkers Landing for a pre-Valentines Day Celebration – residents were treated to popular sing-along music and were served lovely cakes and cookies. The events were well received with many singing along to Elvis’s I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.
The OCO and the Oakville Public Library
In our 2013-14 season, we began a new partnership with the Oakville Public Library. We created this children’s program around the relationship between books and music – stories told by the OPL librarians and accompanied by the Oakville Chamber Orchestra ensemble. Past musical presentations have included Orchestral Family Feud, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and Peter & the Wolf. All these events have been sold out!
Our musicians enjoy entertaining the many young ones with music and demonstrations of the various instruments. We’re looking forward to bringing another fabulous children’s program to the OPL this season. Free tickets can be obtained by visiting the Oakville Public Library Central Branch.