Skyline Music wants to make live orchestra performances accessible to families. Airdrie’s well-known piano studio is the corporate sponsor for Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra’s (RMSO) new Mini Maestros program.
The program provides free tickets to all RMSO concerts for children ages 12 and under. Skyline’s founder Lisa Ammirati says it is a way for her company to give back to the community that has supported her for the last 15 years.
”I wanted to find a way to give back somehow, and we always do through teaching, but how can we do that with people we’ve never met? So here’s my gift to Airdrie on our 15th birthday.”
Ammirati and Carlos Foggin, the founder of RMSO, have known each other for years. He invited her to bring students to the Polaris Theatre in Rocky View last year, where the RMSO performs.
“He said, ‘Lisa, you gotta bring your students to see the concerts and to perform here. The acoustics are incredible.’”
Ammirati took him up on the offer and says she was blown away by the performance space. This led to Skyline Music becoming the first sponsor for the Mini Maestros program.
“It lets kids attend all RMSO concerts free for a year. It’s a great incentive for parents with three or four kids.”
The response from families has been overwhelming, with many parents telling her that they can now buy season tickets because their children can attend for free.
”My main intention is that families can have a break from life. Leave your troubles at home, go to the symphony, and just enjoy music.”