Kinzie Productions is dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of classical music to communities in St. Louis. Our mission is to break down the barriers that have traditionally surrounded classical music by showcasing underrepresented composers and performers, promoting local talent, and creating a sense of community through engaging performances. Our vision is to create a diverse and accessible concert series throughout the St. Louis region, sharing the joy of classical music with people who may not have had the opportunity to experience it before. We believe in making classical music not just accessible but fun and relevant to all. WHAT WE DO At Kinzie Productions, we use the power of classical music to connect with communities in unexpected places. We bring the magic of classical instruments to local sites where people already feel welcome, rather than confining it to grand symphony halls. We organize unique performances that captivate audiences and leave them with a newfound appreciation for classical music. Our programs encompass a wide range of musical genres, from early music to contemporary compositions, showcasing the rich tapestry of classical music from around the world and our local community. WHY WE DO IT Classical music is more than just a collection of melodies and harmonies; it possesses a unique ability to enrich lives in profound ways. At Kinzie Productions, we are passionate about harnessing the benefits of classical music and sharing them with our community. Some of the remarkable benefits of classical music include: Emotional enrichment: Classical music has the extraordinary capacity to evoke a wide range of emotions, from joy to serenity to introspection and passion. Experiencing these emotions through music can provide an emotional outlet, promote self-awareness, and enhance emotional well-being. (Myriam V. Thoma, 2013) Cognitive enhancement: Listening to classical music has been linked to cognitive benefits, including improved focus, concentration, and problem-soling skills. It can stimulate the brain and foster creativity, making it a valuable resource for personal growth and development. (Ewa A. Miendlarzewska, 2013) Stress reduction: The soothing and calming qualities of classical music can alleviate stress and anxiety. Its tranquil melodies have the power to lower cortisol levels and promote relaxation, offering a much-needed escape from the demands of daily life. (Myriam V. Thoma, 2013) Connection and Community: Music has a remarkable ability to connect people across cultural, generational, and linguistic boundaries. Classical music, with its timeless compositions, can foster a sense of community and shared experience among diverse audiences, transcending barriers and bringing people together. (Alexander Hew Dale Crooke, 2013) Physical Well-Being: Research suggests that classical music can have a positive impact on physical health by reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and stress-related symptoms. It can even enhance the healing process and improve overall well-being. (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2023) Educational Value: Classical music can serve as a powerful educational tool, introducing individuals to historical events, artistic movements, and influential composers. Our music history lessons provide context and depth to the performances, making classical music not only enjoyable but also educational. (Arts Education Partnership, 2023) Lifelong Learning: Classical music encourages a lifelong love of learning. It inspires curiosity about the world and the human condition, encouraging individuals to explore the vast world of music and the arts. (Ferrari, 2012) Our core purpose is to make classical music accessible to everyone. We believe that classical music should not be confined to the elite or those who can afford a traditional symphony experience. By embedding classical music performances in community-specific sites, we aim to remove barriers to access and create an inclusive environment where all can enjoy the beauty of this art form. We also seek to bridge the cultural understanding of classical music. We want to reintroduce classical music into the fabric of everyday life, much like the days of radio broadcasts when it was a common and cherished experience. We do this by embedding performances within community sites, where audiences can not only listen but also engage with music history lessons in the context of the performance. We strive to educate and inspire by showcasing the evolution of music and how it can positively impact our physiology. HOW WE DO IT Concerts performed by the Arch Ensemble are the heart of Kinzie Productions programming. These programs are designed to bring classical music to life in innovative and engaging ways. Program Description: Each program in our concert series focuses on a unique theme, such as women composers or classical music from countries around the world. This thematic approach allows us to highlight underrepresented aspects of classical music and make it relevant to diverse audiences. Program Objectives: Our primary objective is to attract individuals who haven't traditionally attended classical music concerts. We aim to create an environment where attendees not only enjoy the performance but are inspired to attend more concerts in the future and perhaps even pick up an instrument themselves. Program Highlights: 1.In-Person Experiences: We provide the opportunity for audiences to experience classical music in intimate and unexpected settings, fostering a deeper connection with the music and the performers. 2.Try New Instruments: At some of our programs, attendees can try their hand at classical instruments, sparking curiosity and interest in learning to play. 3.Music History Lessons: We enrich the concert experience by offering engaging lessons in the history of music, helping audiences understand and appreciate the context of the pieces being performed. 4.Access to Professional Musicians: Our programs create opportunities for attendees to interact with and learn from professional musicians, furthering their musical development. 5.Showcasing Local Talent: We provide a platform for local performers who may not have had the chance to showcase their talents otherwise, fostering a sense of community and supporting emerging artists. HOW YOU CAN HELP Kinzie Productions is dedicated to bringing classical music to the wider community, but we can't do it alone. We rely on the support of individuals and organizations who share our vision of making classical music accessible and enjoyable for all. Your financial commitment will enable us to continue offering engaging and inspiring programs to diverse audiences. Your donations will help subsidize ticket costs and bring classical music to more people. We also welcome volunteers who can contribute their time and skills to help us in various capacities, such as ushering, selling tickets, and assisting with event coordination. Your active participation in our mission will make a tangible difference in our community outreach efforts. By supporting Kinzie Productions and the Arch Ensemble, you are not only helping us bring classical music to all of our community but also promoting the transformative benefits of classical music listed above. We believe that classical music is a universal language that can enrich lives, foster connections, and inspire personal growth. Join us on this journey to bring joy, inspiration, and a sense of community through the magic of classical music.