Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s audience development aims to make the orchestra's work and its content more familiar for audience. Audience development enables audience to deepen its knowledge about music and the content of it.
Audience development also familiarizes new audience with orchestra's work and, in this way, enhances participation in concerts and all other events orchestra offers. In addition, audience development supports participation and accessibility for the groups that have left out from the activities for several reasons.
In year 2019 Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s audience development reached almost 12 000 people.
Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s audience development consists of:
- Open Dress Rehearsals
- Meet the Artist
- Little Overtures
- Pop-up libraries
- Sinfonia on the Move
- Art and culture companions
- School concerts and instrument workshops
Read here what Jyväskylä Sinfonia offers for children and youth.
Jyväskylä Sinfonia offers for different groups an opportunity to come to follow dress rehearsals for free of charge. The dress rehearsals are interesting events to see how conductors and soloists are getting prepared for the evening's concert.
Because the dress rehearsals are extremely popular, each group can take part to them only once a season. The minimum size for a group is 10 people – unfortunately it is not possible to take in single visitors.
Open Dress Rehearsals start normally at 10 am and they last three hours. However, it is possible to exit during a pause (around 11.15 am).
If your group wants to visit a dress rehearsal, please contact us as early as possible after the publication of each season’s open rehearsals. You can enrol in by sending e-mail to sinfonia [at] jyvaskyla.fi.
Meet the Artist events give an opportunity to meet the performing artists and hear some thoughts they are having about the concert program and their musical work in general. The audience can also ask questions from the artists.
The events are organized on the concert evenings at the upper lobby in the theatre house at 6.15pm. Meet the Artists are free of charge. When having international artists, some parts of the interviews are held in English.
You are warmly welcome!
Time to time young music students come to delight concert audience with their playing. Little Overtures are organized in the concert evenings. They are held at the upper lobby in the theatre house at 6.30pm and are free of charge.
Check Little Overtures' details on our Finnish website.
Few times a year Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Jyväskylä city library set up together pop-up libraries that offer easy access for concert audience to interesting books, audio materials and scores connected to a concert theme. It is possible to loan materials and get guidance from library informaticians.
Remember to take your library card and bag with you.
Every spring for one week Jyväskylä Sinfonia spreads happiness with mini chamber concerts all around Jyväskylä. Sinfonia on the Move performances are held for example in libraries, schools, shopping malls, nursery houses and hospitals. All the performances last about 20 minutes and they are free of charge. Stay tuned for the next Sinfonia on the Move week!
The Art Testers, Taidetestaajat, is the largest cultural project directed to young people in Finnish history. The Finnish Cultural Foundation will take three age groups of eighth-graders to art institutions. The first visits were made in September 2017, and the project will continue until May 2020. Including the teachers, the national campaign will reach almost 200,000 individuals. The aim is to provide young people an opportunity to experience art, also art to which many would not otherwise have access to.
Jyväskylä Sinfonia took a part to the Art Testers in year 2018 and 2019.
More general info about The Art Testers in English:
Do you need a companion for a concert? Art and culture companions (ACC) are volunteers available for concerts, exhibitions, theatre shows, in order to provide low-threshold access to diverse cultural activities. Art and culture companions help make culture more accessible by accompanying people to events. Cultural activities such as enjoying music together at a concert, are known to boost your well-being. AAC volunteers are cultural ’ambassadors’ and provide recreational opportunities for everyone.
Hanne Laitinen, Art and Culture Companion Coordinator
tel. +358 50 338 1114
or visit Cultural Services' web page.