Music and Culture for and by the Community.
The Waltham Symphony Orchestra is comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians from the Waltham and Greater-Boston communities who donate their time, talents, and skills in an effort to make classical music accessible to all. The WSO is dedicated to enriching the community through interdisciplinary, multiethnic, and inspiring programming both in the concert hall and in, both, chamber music and educational outreach programs. Through innovative programming, the WSO strives to make "going to the symphony" a fun and enriching experience. During each concert season, the WSO presents works composed by living American composers (many of them local to the Greater-Boston or New England areas), as well as exploring genres from our global musical culture.
As part of the WSO Educational Outreach initiative, the orchestra invites musically-advanced high-school students from the Waltham Public Schools to perform with the symphony in various venues throughout the community. Students are exposed to a wide range of musical traditions through this programming. The symphony works further with students through internships which provide them with community volunteer credits. Educational outreach is not just limited to those still in school. Maestro Botti engages audiences before and throughout performances, striving to make the music accessible to all. He provides historic overviews, as well as relevant musical background information, which affords them a more in-depth understanding of each program. The WSO is committed to making music accessible to all. For that reason, during ticketed events, the WSO provides reduced-price ticket blocks for non-profit organizations, nursing homes, and schools.