Outreach to the Community
The Red Bank Chamber Music Society is committed to making chamber music, performed by world class musicians, available to all members of the community regardless of their means. In recent years, a special effort has been made to encourage student attendance at RBCMS concerts as a way to share this glorious music and the intimacy of its performances with a new generation of listeners. Students from Brookdale Community College, Ocean County College and Monmouth University as well as some local middle school school students have attended the concerts.
In 2010, the Society received a grant from The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation specifically to support student attendance at its concerts. With support from the Bergen Foundation not only did student attendance increase at RBCMS concerts, but a number of student parents also attended the concerts. One student wrote of her response to a performance of Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47 by the Omni Piano Quartet,
“I had a genuine connection to it. I had never been so captured and lost in a piece of music in this genre before. It was very reflective and relaxing.”
She also noted of the audience,
“They weren’t there to make an impression, they were there to just enjoy themselves and the talented people performing for them.”
While RBCMS welcomes students of all ages, it has built a particularly strong connection with students Karen Gargone at Ocean County College (OCC). It was a student of Professor Gargone, Instructor of Humanities at OCC, who wrote the description of her experience at the Schumann performance.
Students are welcome at RBCMS concerts. If instructors wish to encourage a group to attend, the Society asks that they contact us in advance to ensure there will be seats available.
If you would like more information about RBCMS outreach activities, please click on Contact Us and write your message.