Partnership between the Orchestre de Paris and the Vie au Grand Air Foundation
In 2009, the Foundation established a partnership with the Verrières-le-Buisson care residence south of Paris, which accommodates children and young adults aged 4-21 from difficult family backgrounds who have been placed in state care by social services or the courts. A dozen children residing at the center are given the opportunity to get to know orchestra musicians by regularly attending rehearsals and performances. The group learns how to play a musical instrument together in sessions organized by DEMOS, an orchestra and music education social initiative, and receives weekly instrument lessons from a musician from the Orchestre de Paris who comes to the care center.
Children in the program also take violin lessons with the best musicians in the Orchestra and accompany the extraordinary ensemble once a year on tour. They have traveled to Athens, Vienna and most recently to Aix en Provence. During the trip, they spend their days with musicians, attend rehearsals and concerts, and are offered specially tailored cultural visits.
Adding further interest to this unique program are the chamber music recitals given by Orchestre de Paris musicians at the Verrières-le-Buisson center. This partnership steadfastly supports access to equal opportunities through classical music by giving children the gift of music as part of a commitment to social welfare.
The Edmond de Rothschild Fondations were honored to support the Orchestre de Paris - Fondation La vie au grand air until 2012.
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