One of North America’s major cultural festivals, Music and Beyond has a strong year-round commitment to youth. Young people who are exposed to music have stronger mathematical skills, better memories, longer attention spans, better social skills and are more creative. Music and Beyond provides many opportunities for young people to be engaged and experience classical music. Music and Beyond’s two-week long summer festival provides extensive programming for young people and families all at extremely affordable prices with some events being entirely free! The first Sunday of the festival includes the Ottawa Family Music Expo – a free day-long event held on the grounds of the University of Ottawa. This amazing event offers over 150 mini-concerts and hands-on opportunities for all to try out new instruments, the Expo attracted over 2,000 people in 2015. A “Pizza Concert Series” sponsored by Gabriel Pizza was introduced this year offering a close-up experience with performances by world-class musicians. The National Gallery Soiree offered a full evening of music with over 200 mini-performances throughout the entire gallery attracted many families this year.
A new element to the year round programming was launched in June of 2015 – Music and Beyond Reaches Out. This program offers hands-on opportunities and performances in the fall and spring in Ottawa’s elementary and secondary schools. In addition, throughout the year, Music and Beyond is proud to always include opportunities for local youth to rehearse and perform alongside some of the world’s best including Kathleen Battle, Oliver Jones, Julie Nesrallah and Emma Kirkby. These transformational experiences are performances youth will remember all their lives.