The Impact of Classical Music on Local Communities

by | May 5, 2023 | Education | 0 comments

Classical music has been a significant part of the world’s cultural heritage for centuries, and likely will continue to be for many more centuries to come. Its beauty and complexity have captivated audiences worldwide, but its impact on our local communities is undeniable. From inspiring creativity to improving mental health, classical music has numerous benefits. In this blog post, we will explore the impact of classical music on local communities and how it can positively influence them.

Classical music brings people together, regardless of their background or cultural heritage. It has the power to transcend boundaries and bridge gaps between communities. Through classical music, individuals can express their emotions and connect with others in a meaningful way. Concerts and performances are an excellent opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds to come together and experience the beauty of classical music.

The Importance of Live Classical Music Performances

Live performances of classical music are important because they allow the audience to experience the music in a way that cannot be replicated through recordings or radio programs. As Interlude HK notes, “Music is performance because that’s where the real sound of music is heard, and at live performances, that is where you get to feel the music deeply.” The energy and emotion of a live performance can be felt by everyone in the audience, creating a shared experience that can be incredibly powerful and inspirational. This is one of the most common remarks we hear from people who have attended a live performance of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the music feels different live. 

How Classical Music Helps the Community

Classical music has often been perceived as an art form for the elite, but this perception is changing. This quote from BBC Culture is particularly relevant: “classical music is an art form that, for myriad complex reasons, is often perceived to be the preserve of a narrow elite; an exclusive party to which few are invited. This is painfully ironic, because the work itself is among the most emotionally direct that we have.” By making classical music more accessible to diverse communities, we can help to break down barriers and create a sense of connection and understanding.

Music Based Community Projects

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra has a program called “Share a Seat, Share the Experience” with the goal of providing live, classical musical experiences to underserved citizens, families, and Veterans. Programs like “Share a Seat, Share the Experience” can help to break down barriers and provide access to classical music for people who may not have had the opportunity otherwise. Programs like these are vital according to The Guardian, “classical music stimulates the release of dopamine, calming customers who might otherwise become restive if they queue.” By providing access to classical music performances, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and other organizations like ours, are helping to improve the mental health and well-being of people in the local community.

Classical music, and especially live performances of classical music, has a positive impact on local communities. Classical music organizations can help to create a sense of pride and identity within a community. This can be especially important in smaller towns and cities where there may be fewer cultural events. By bringing people together, breaking down barriers, and creating a sense of pride and identity, classical music organizations can help to make the world a better place.

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