PCMF’s Community Engagement Initiative takes our musicians into homeless shelters, retirement homes, and community centers in Oakland to perform free concerts. Our partners have included:
Cityteam Oakland, which addresses the needs of people struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Programs include homeless shelter, addiction recovery help, and women's programs;
St. Paul's Towers, a senior living community;
St. Mary's Center, which provides essential services to homeless and at-risk seniors and provides schooling to preschoolers living in poverty;
The Lake Merritt, a senior living community.
In addition, every year, PCMF presents a concert that introduces our youngest listeners to the world of chamber music - a world of wondrous sounds, vivid imagination, and interactive play.
Check out these amazing photos from our 2016 show: A Young Person's Guide to Chamber Music! Our audience learned why a string quartet is like a basketball team, where the sound of a cello comes from, and how a clarinetist can play for 4 minutes without taking a breath!
Photos: Tina Tallon