The GSO Pop-Up Orchestra Festival of Free Outreach Concerts starts this weekend!

Carmen and the Bubblegum Factory, Sunday February 17th, 3pm & 4pm, Guelph Civic Museum , 

Orchestra Karaoke, Monday February 18th, Sleeman Centre, 1:15pm

What’s a Pop-Up Orchestra Festival? In the month of February, members of the Guelph Symphony will mount a series of free concerts, in imaginative, unexpected and less formal settings, designed to engage, entertain and to be interactive.

The Festival will launch on Family Day weekend and culminate in a main series highlight concert, for our patrons, at Harcourt United Church, on March 3rd at 3pm.

*Two costumed performances of , “Carmen and the Bubblegum Factory”,  at the Civic Museum 
free admission to the Museum that afternoon, Sunday February 17, 3pm and 4pm. Narrated by Joe Ringhofer.

*Orchestra Karaoke at the Sleeman Centre, Monday February 18, Family Day-Come Sing with Us! 1:15 pm. Is it your dream to sing live with an ensemble from the GSO?  Click here to win a chance to sing with us at this event!

*Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll performed on the staircase (as originally intended), with people at the top of the stairs- Cosima’s perspective and people at the bottom of the stairs- husband and composer Richard’s perspective). Saturday March 3, MacDonald Building, University of Guelph, 11am.

* An Orchestra sing-along and opportunity to try percussion), at  St Joseph’s Health Centre, featuring our Second Violinists and Music Therapist, Amy Behrends. Monday February 25, 6:30pm.


This Sunday February 17th, an ensemble from the Guelph Symphony will also be performing at a fundraiser for Family and Children’s Services.

War Memorial Hall will be the setting for this wonderful afternoon of Harry Potter inspired activities and music! All proceeds go to the Children First Fund, Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County. Visit www.fcsgw.org to purchase tickets.

GSO has been operating youth outreach programs for eight years and in that time we have observed the strong desire in parents of young children give them opportunities to experience live classical music. We see such overwhelming joy in reaction to our KinderConcerts and Museum concerts. (Parents call to ask how they can prepare for the next show, and children regularly dress up as the characters in the shows we are presenting, and leave singing the beautiful melodies). We think that in presenting a series of engaging and participatory concerts as a Pop Up Orchestra Festival, we can reach out to an even broader demographic.