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:

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  • 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