Programs For Adults
B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project
The B-Sharp program promotes physical, mental and social wellness through the healing power of music. Music wellness has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing stress, improving brain function and promoting a healthy well-being at any stage of life.
In older adults, music stimulates mental and physical function, maximizing overall heath. The group interaction inherent within wellness programs provides an outlet for older adults and healthcare patients to express themselves and recall the memories that music sparks and stimulates. By listening to live music and being involved in live music-making experiences, a greater quality of life is possible.
The Phoenix Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Melani and Rob Walton Fund of The Walton Family Foundation for their generous support of this program.
Goals of the B-Sharp Initiative:
- To use music as a catalyst for overall wellness
- To explore the emotional and social benefits of music inherent in group interaction, music-making and memory recall
- To provide a safe, creative outlet for participants, caregivers and family members to engage in music
B-Sharp Includes the Following Outreach Programs:
- Phoenix Symphony at Shea: An unprecedented partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and the Symphony. Musicians perform varied and engaging programs in public areas of Shea Hospital for patients, family members and hospital staff.
- B-Sharp for Alzheimer’s (formerly the “Arts Engagement Program”): Designed for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias as well as their care partners, participants attend Friday morning Coffee Concerts and receive an exclusive pre-concert chat about the day’s music with Principal Timpanist Bruce Pulk. Other optional program components include backstage tours and a "lunch on your own" with fellow participants at a nearby restaurant following the concert. Registration and discounted ticket purchase required.
B-Sharp Homeless Initiative: B-Sharp Music Wellness - Homeless Initiative is a multi-faceted music wellness experience for healthcare and community facilities that serve the homeless. The primary goal of the initiative is to use music as a catalyst for joy and self-expression for individuals who often feel powerless and silenced. As these individuals connect with music, and in some cases rediscover lost talents, they gain confidence, strength and self-esteem. These joyful experiences help transcend the obstacles of poverty. The Symphony partners with two facilities: Circle the City and Lodestar Day Resource Center. Circle the City is a respite facility for homeless individuals in need of long-term medical care, while Lodestar is a day facility providing food, shelter, medical, legal and job placement services to the homeless. The Phoenix Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras for their generous support of this program.
To participate, contact our Education and Community Engagement office at 602-452-0470 or email@example.com.
A unique partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges, Symphony Connections is a touring program featuring the Phoenix Symphony String Ensemble performing on community college campuses throughout the Valley. These inspiring performances are educational in nature and provide opportunities for students and faculty to interact with musicians. As part of the program, Maricopa Community College students are given free tickets to attend Symphony Classics concerts throughout the season.
Musically Speaking pre-concert discussions begin one hour prior to Classics and Coffee Classics concerts inside Symphony Hall. Using an informal half-hour format, our moderator interviews a guest artist or a member of the Symphony. The week's music is discussed and the audience is invited to ask questions. This series of "Musically Speaking" Pre-Concert Conversations is free to all ticketholders for each respective concert.
Meet the Artists
After every Coffee Classics concert, patrons are invited to a luncheon and panel discussion with musicians, conductors or guest artists. Hosted by the Phoenix Symphony Auxiliary and moderated by the Symphony's General Manager, this series enables audiences to interact with the musicians on a one-to-one basis, allowing patrons to ask questions of the panel and chat with them over lunch. For more information, contact our development office at 602-495-0425.