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.

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.

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


*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

*Orchestra Karaoke at City Hall

*Siegfried Idyll performed on the staircase (as originally intended) of a historical home (people at the top of the stairs-Cosimas perspective and people at the bottom of the stairs- Richard’s perspective)

*St Joseph’s Health Centre (featuring an orchestra sing-along and opportunity to try percussion)

Check back for exact times and dates!