2004 MetLife Awardees

The Haddonfield Symphony

Trevor Orthmann, president

One of the nation's three professional training orchestras, The Haddonfield Symphony provides all of its Professional Development Student musicians with an opportunity to teach and perform in Music Matters. This program reaches out to young people and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities as part of the orchestra's mission to serve diverse audiences in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region. Students in grades K-3 experience the four families of orchestral instruments through multi-disciplinary workshops. Adult outreach, coordinated with Bancroft NeuroHealth, seeks to mainstream participants into the concertgoing public by providing them with two preview workshops prior to each concert.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Charles H. Owens, executive director

Realizing the Dream consists of an annual "I Have A Dream" concert celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; pre-concert outreach events in partnership with senior centers, schools, and the corporate sponsor; a gala "Honoring The Dream" dinner dance the night before the concert; two "Hoffman Discovery Concerts" for all-school audiences following the "I Have A Dream" concert; and "Musical Dialogues," a new program introduced this year in response to demand from African-American community members interested in seeing repeat performances by the guest artist featured in the "I Have A Dream" concert.

San Francisco Symphony

John Kieser, director of operations and electronic media

Begun in the mid-1990s, the Chinese-American Community Partnership encompasses an annual Chinese New Year Celebration at Davies Symphony Hall; free chamber music concerts at the Chinese Culture Center in the city's Chinatown district; relationships with local Chinese community organizations through the SFS's education and community programs; partnerships with the Asian-language TV, radio, and print press; inclusion of music by Chinese-American composers in concerts by the SFS and its Youth Orchestra; and recruitment of Chinese Americans for the orchestra's Board of Governors and Volunteer Council.